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A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology provides a series of in-depth explorations of key concepts and approaches by some of the scholars whose work constitutes the theoretical and methodological foundations of the contemporary study of language as culture.

  • Provides a definitive overview of the field of linguistic anthropology, comprised of original contributions by leading scholars in the field
  • Summarizes past and contemporary research across the field and is intended to spur students and scholars to pursue new paths in the coming decades
  • Includes a comprehensive bibliography of over 2000 entries designed as a resource for anyone seeking a guide to the literature of linguistic anthropology
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Editorial Reviews

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“The essays … display a vigorous subdisciplinary repertoire with much to offer the contemporary research university, and they show that a field is not necessarily humdrum for being useful.” (Journal of Anthropological Research, November 2008)

"Duranti…has done more than anyone else in the past generation to establish linguistic anthropology as a scholarly field. ... Designed to be user-friendly …A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology…is an impressive achievement, and will be of great value to its field and neighboring fields, for a long time to come. This Companion may be a culmination of Duranti’s considerable work to establish linguistic anthropology." (Journal of Sociolinguistics)

"This hefty, immaculate volume inaugurates the innovative series of Blackwell Companions to Anthropology, and does so with academic panache … Intelligible for readers with no previous knowledge of the field ... A resource of genuine utility in academic libraries with any interest in linguistics or anthropology. (Reference Reviews)

"This volume brings together 31 scholars in the field of linguistic anthropology and is aimed at offering an overview of the discipline's key concepts and approaches." (Pragmatics)

"Succeeds in doing exactly what it sets out to in a clear, concise and well-ordered fashion... a well thought out and comprehensive anthology that gives the reader a well-rounded introduction to linguistic anthropology... a must-have for any anthropologist's bookshelf." (Social Anthropology)

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Meet the Author

Alessandro Duranti is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Language, Interaction and Culture at UCLA. His books include From Grammar to Politics: Linguistic Anthropology in a Western Samoan Village (1994), Linguistic Anthropology (1997), Key Terms in Language and Culture (2001), and Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader (editor, 2001). In 1999 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the UCLA Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a former president of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology and former editor of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. In 2001 Duranti received the American Anthropological Association/Mayfield Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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Table of Contents

Synopsis of Contents.



Notes on Contributors.

Part I: Speech Communities, Contact, and Variation.

1. Speech Community. (Marcyliena Morgan).

2. Registers of Language. (Asif Agha).

3. Language Contact And Contact Languages. (Paul B. Garrett).

4. Codeswitching (Kathryn A. Woolard).

5. Diversity, Hierarchy and Modernity in Pacific Island Communities. (Niko Besnier).

6. The Value of Linguistic Diversity: Viewing Other Worlds Through North American Indian Languages. (Marianne Mithun).

7. Variation In Sign Languages. (Barbara Lemaster and Leila Monaghan).

Part II: The Performing of Language.

8. Conversation as a Cultural Activity. (Elizabeth Keating and Maria Egbert).

9. Gesture. (John B. Haviland).

10. Participation. (Charles Goodwin and Marjorie Harness Goodwin).

11. Literacy Practices Across Learning Contexts. (Patricia Baquedano-López). 12. Narrative Lessons.Elinor Ochs).

13. Poetry. (Giorgio Banti and Francesco Giannattasio).

14. Vocal Anthropology: From the Music of Language to the Language of Song. (Steven Feld, Aaron A. Fox, Thomas Porcello, and David Samuels).

Part III: Achieving Subjectivities and Intersubjectivities Through Language.

15. Language Socialization. (Don Kulick and Bambi B. Schieffelin).

16. Language And Identity. (Mary Bucholtz and Kira Hall).

17. Misunderstanding. (Benjamin Bailey).

18. Language And Madness. (James M. Wilce).

19. Language And Religion. (Webb Keane).

Part IV: The Power In Language.

20. Agency In Language. (Alessandro Duranti).

21. Language and Social Inequality. (Susan U. Philips).

22. Language Ideologies (Paul V. Kroskrity).

General Bibliography.


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