Language and Social Relations

Language and Social Relations

by Asif Agha
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521571766

ISBN-13: 9780521571760

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Language is closely linked to our social relationships and is the medium through which we participate in a variety of social activities. This fascinating study explores the important role of language in various aspects of our social life, such as identity, gender relations, class, kinship, status, and hierarchies. Drawing on data from over thirty different

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Overview

Language is closely linked to our social relationships and is the medium through which we participate in a variety of social activities. This fascinating study explores the important role of language in various aspects of our social life, such as identity, gender relations, class, kinship, status, and hierarchies. Drawing on data from over thirty different languages and societies, it shows how language is more than simply a form of social action; it is also an effective tool with which we formulate models of social life and conduct. These models - or particular forms of social behaviour - are linked to the classification of 'types' of action or actor, and are passed 'reflexively' from person to person, and from generation to generation. Providing a unified way of accounting for a variety of social phenomena, this book will be welcomed by all those interested in the interaction between language, culture, and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521571760
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language Series, #24
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

1. Reflexivity; 2. From referring to registers; 3. Register formations; 4. The social life of cultural value; 5. Regrouping identity; 6. Registers of person deixis; 7. Honorific registers; 8. Norm and trope in kinship behaviour.

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