The Ethnography of Communication: An Introduction / Edition 3by Muriel Saville-Troike
Pub. Date: 12/30/2002
The Ethnography of Communication explores how and why language is used, and how its use varies in different cultures. In this now standard introduction to the subject, Muriel Saville-Troike presents the essential terms and concepts introduced and developed by Dell Hymes and others, and surveys the most important findings and applications of their work./i>
The Ethnography of Communication explores how and why language is used, and how its use varies in different cultures. In this now standard introduction to the subject, Muriel Saville-Troike presents the essential terms and concepts introduced and developed by Dell Hymes and others, and surveys the most important findings and applications of their work. Drawing on insights from social anthropology and psycholinguistics and using examples from many languages and cultures, she builds a model that includes communication within the overall framework of cultural competence.
This third edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the substantial contributions made in recent years to the development and application of the subject. It includes two completely new chapters on contrasts in patterns of communication and on politeness, power, and politics. The book now incorporates an even broader range of examples and illustrations for analyzing the patterns of communicative phenomena in the languages of the world.
Table of Contents
Scope and Focus.
Organization of the Book.
2. Basic Terms, Concepts, and Issues:.
Patterns of Communication.
The Competence of Incompetence.
Units of Analysis.
Categories of Talk.
Language and Culture.
Social Structure and Ideology.
Routines and Rituals.
Universals and Inequalities.
3. Varieties of Language:.
Diglossia and Dinomia.
Code-Switching and Style-Shifting.
Varieties Associated with Setting.
Varieties Associated with Activity Domain.
Varieties Associated with Region.
Varieties Associated with Ethnicity.
Varieties Associated with Social Class, Status, and Role.
Varieties Associated with Role-Relationships.
Varieties Associated with Sex.
Varieties Associated with Age.
Varieties Associated with Personality States and ‘Abnormal’ Speech.
4. The Analysis of Communicative Events:.
Relationship of Ethnographer and Speech Community.
Types o f Data.
Survey of Data Collection and Analytic Procedures.
Identification of Communicative Events.
Components of Communication.
Relationship among Components.
Elicitation within a Frame.
Analysis of Interaction.
Sample Analyses of Communicative Events.
Further Illustrations of Ethnographic Analysis.
5. Contrasts in Patterns of Communication:.
Situated Event Analysis.
Other Data Collection and Analytic Procedures.
Concepts of ‘Face’;.
Constructing an Unseen Face.
6. Attitudes toward Communicative Performance:.
Attitudes Toward Language and Language Skills.
Attitudes Toward Languages and Varieties.
Language and Identity.
Language Maintenance, Shift, and Spread.
Taboos and Euphemisms.
7. Acquisition of Communicative Competence:.
Early Linguistic Development.
Language and Enculturation.
Definition of Stages and Roles.
Peer Influence and Extended Acquisition..
Children’s Beliefs about Language.
8. Politeness, Power, and Politics:.
Language and Politics.
Language and Social Theories.
Linguistic Signs of Power.
Linguistic Performances of Power.
Linguistic Resistance and Rebellion.
Responsibilities and Limitations.
Index of Languages.
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