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ethnology

Line breaks: eth|nol¦ogy
Pronunciation: /ɛθˈnɒlədʒi
 
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Definition of ethnology in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The study of the characteristics of different peoples and the differences and relationships between them.
Example sentences
  • Nineteenth-century European ethnology and anthropology were established precisely to study different peoples and their institutions.
  • I was really interested in ethnology, anthropology, and comparative religion.
  • While stationed in the West and at Fort Mackinac, he studied the cultures and languages of local Indians, contributing to the developing fields of ethnology and ethnography through his studies.

Derivatives

ethnologic

1
Pronunciation: /-nəˈlɒdʒɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Ethnologic evidence kept in the Museum dates back to the second half of the 19th century, and to the first half of the 20th century.
  • This seems the more important now, as within the last ten years an almost universal interest has been awakened in ethnologic research, and the desire for more knowledge in this regard is constantly increasing.
  • The sequence variations that exist between different individuals have been very useful for anthropologic, ethnologic and forensic studies and are the basis of the hypothesis that human beings descend from a woman who lived in Africa around 250 000 years ago.

ethnological

2
Pronunciation: /-nəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The most important theoretical framework is provided by detailed articles discussing basic religious ethnological concepts: rites of passage, sacrifice, mourning, ancestors, animism, etc.
  • Time has been studied in different ways from ethnological and folkloristic angles.
  • Instead, she would like to see ethnological museums acknowledge these objects' power to enchant, to inspire people to search for meanings.

ethnologically

3
adverb
Example sentences
  • Their unity is recognizable by common speech and common artistic tradition, but they did not constitute one race or group of tribes ethnologically.
  • She opens the essay with a controversial claim: ‘You will take another look at African Americans and say that we are still black and, ethnologically speaking, you will be right.’
  • The results demonstrate that the best grouping is obtained when populations are grouped geographically, rather than ethnologically or by settlement history.

ethnologist

4
noun
Example sentences
  • The expert knowledge of folklorists and ethnologists is also in demand in the tourist and development industries and their academic writings are a cachet to earning consultancies and contracts.
  • In our present world, where issues of culture, identity and their connection with religious expression are alive as never before, there is a pressing and challenging role for the folklorist and the ethnologist.
  • Anthropologists and ethnologists have studied the cultural processes by which particular persons, places, and historical events become invested with sacred or mythological significance.

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