Friday, September 28, 2007

Urban Dictionary

I found this , online. Every day, there are new definitions online, go watch the . The idea behind the service to be obtained via RSS, phone, web or API/program, is to build a slang dictionary by users. This is a very interesting thing from the anthropological view, because words are given an explanation and example. Plus, all the word creations are explained from an emic view, which means in this context: People, who are speakers of the English language, bring in their vocabulary of daily routine. For an overview what is, please read the Wikipedia article with a list of references. Directly related to Social and Cultural Anthropology is , who supplied anthropologists with a model of language: Langage, langue and parole are the criteria for the theory of language as a set of symbols. This classification influenced Structuralism, whose most prominent provided for anthropology the and triangles of relationship. Examples for binary pairs are: wet - dry, hot - cold, hungry - full, poor - rich. Tags: , , ,
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It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. - Herman Melville

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