Anthropological linguistics (also known as ethnolinguistics, cultural linguistics, or linguistic anthropology) is an area of study focusing on the relationship between language, thought and culture. As a sub-field of both anthropology and of linguistics, anthropological linguistics is concerned with the wider cultural and social contexts of language. Although anthropological linguists have traditionally focused on studying and documenting the languages of indigenous cultures, the field has gradually extended to encompass the study of language as a general cognitive and cultural phenomenon, as well as to determine genealogical relations among languages.
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