a repeptitive act of a group, performed to the extent that it becomes characteristics of that group
Traditionally practiced primarily by small, homogeneous froups living in isolated rural settings
Found in large, heterogeneous societies that share certain habits despite differences in other personal characteristics
a language that results from the mixing of a colonizer's language with the indigenous language of the people being dominated
A regional variation of a language distinguished by distinctive vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation.
A distinct dialect in the English language. A way that many blacks in America have preserved their linguistic heritage. Is a combination of ebony and phonics.
Languages that are no longer spoken or read in daily activities by anyone in the world.
A language unrelated to any other and therefore not attached to any language family. They arise from the lack of interaction with speakers of other languages.
A collection of languages related through a common ancestor that existed several thousands of years ago. Exist within language families.
A collection of languages related through a common ancestor that existed before recorded history.
A collection of languages within branches that share a common origin in the relatively recent past.
The designated and recognized language of a country. Would be used in government and government documents.
The recognized form of the proper dialect of a language. This dialect is the most widely recognized and well established as most acceptable for government, business, education, and mass communication.
Spoken by the people of the Roman provinces during the age of the Roman Empire. Not proper Latin.
The belief that inanimate objects (stones, plants, etc) contain spirits and a conscious life. Can be found primarily in African and Native American religions.
A religious group which is self sufficient, meaning their interaction with other religious communities is confined to little more than loose cooperation and shared ideas. Islam and Protestant denominations can be good examples.
The social structure or class system and distinct hereditary order into which a Hindu has been assigned, according to religious law. This determines every aspect of a person's life (work, marriage, table partners, etc).
The basic unit of area administered by the Roman Catholic Church. It is overseen by a bishop.
Appeals primarily to one group of people living in one place. Will not seek converts
A religion that has a well defined geographic structure that organizes territory into local administrative units.
People who carried the message of Jesus Christ along the Roman Empire's protected sea routes and excellent road networks. Today, the member of any religion whose purpose is to gain converts to their religion.
A day of religious significance in some ethnic religions because of its relationship to nature, the sun, and the moon.
Attempt to be a global religion, appealing to all people. Will seek converts.
The physical separation of different racial groups into different geographic areas. Most prominently practiced in the country of South Africa.
Term widely used to describe a small geographic area that could not successfully be organized into one or more stable states because it was inhabited by many ethnicities with complex and long-standing antagonisms toward each other.
A tactic used by real estate agents in the United States by which they would scare white families into selling their homes for low prices by convincing them that black families were moving into the neighborhood and would cause house values to decline. The agents would then sell the home at a higher price to a black family, looking to move out of lower income areas.
The process by which a more powerful ethnic group forcibly removes a less powerful one in order to create an ethnically homogenous region. The purpose is to rid the entire area of different ethnic groups.
Identity with a group of people who share the cultural traditions of a particular homeland or hearth.
A state in which many ethnicities all contribute cultural features to the formation of a single nationality.
States which contain two ethnic groups with traditions of self determination that agree to coexist peacefully by recognizing each other as distinct nationalities.
The identity with a group of people who share legal attachment and personal allegiance to a particular country.
The belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial difference produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
Someone who works fields rented from a landowner and pays the rent by turning over to the landowner a share of the crops.