The Anthropology of Intentions: Language in a World of Others

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How and to what extent do people take into account the intentions of others? Alessandro Duranti sets out to answer this question, showing that the role of intentions in human interaction is variable across cultures and contexts. Through careful analysis of data collected over three decades in US and Pacific societies, Duranti demonstrates that, in some communities, social actors avoid intentional discourse, focusing on the consequences of actions rather than on their alleged original goals. In other cases, he argues, people ...

The Anthropology of Intentions: Language in a World of Others 2015, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107652033

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The Anthropology of Intentions: Language in a World of Others 2015, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107026391

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