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Alessandro Duranti introduces linguistic anthropology as an interdisciplinary field which studies language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice. The theories and methods of linguistic anthropology are introduced through a discussion of linguistic diversity, grammar in use, the role of speaking in social interaction, the organisation and meaning of conversational structures, and the notion of participation as a unit of analysis. Linguistic Anthropology will appeal to undergraduate and graduate students.
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"Framed by an excellent historical introduction, Duranti's reader provides students and scholars alike with a sophisticated yet accessible introduction to the range of topics and approaches that make up modern linguistic anthropology. The readings, linked by concise and thoughtful introductions, include a judicious mix of classic articles and new research. This collection should provide a definitive vision for linguistic anthropology for a long time to come." Bradd Shore, Emory University

"Very well organized and selected, and thus an excellent teaching resource, this reader provides perspective on the coherence of linguistic anthropology as a field. It can also be flexibly tailored to bring a linguistic approach to most arenas of topical interest to contemporary anthropological research." George Marcus, Rice University

"I would like to acknowledge that I am glad Duranti made this compilation. Many of the articles included have been and in many cases still are examples of highly innovative scholarly work on issues of language related to culture. It provides an excellent (and long overdue) discussion of terminology, American lingustic anthropology's development within Cultural Anthropology, its subsequent drift away from anthropology towards an independent discipline increasingly focused on theoretical anthropologists in the late 1960s, and its reestablishment as a subfield of anthropology in the 1980s-90s. As a textbook this reader makes a very useful teaching aid, as a source book it provides valuable insights into the discipline of linguistic anthropology." Linguist List

"Alessandro Duranti has succeeded in compiling an excellent reader that many instructors and students will find useful as an introduction to key works in linguistic anthropology. Leaders in the theory and practice of contemporary linguistic anthropology are well represented, and all of the articles are excellent; indeed, most are recognized as contemporary "classics" in the field. This reader is an excellent addition to the growing library of readers in linguistic anthropology and a valuable new resource for both students and teachers." Current Anthropology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521449939
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2013
  • Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 928,206
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

The editor is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Language, Interaction and Culture at UCLA. His publications include From Grammar to Politics: Linguistic Anthropology in a Western Samoan Village (1994), Linguistic Anthropology (1997) and Key Terms in Language and Culture (Blackwell, 2001). He is the recipient of various awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the UCLA Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, and the American Anthropological Association/Mayfield Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
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Table of Contents

Linguistic Anthropology: History, Ideas, and Issues 1
Pt. I Speech Community and Communicative Competence
1 The Speech Community 43
2 On Communicative Competence 53
3 The African-American Speech Community: Reality and Sociolinguists 74
4 The Social Circulation of Media Discourse and the Mediation of Communities 95
5 Communication of Respect in Interethnic Service Encounters 119
Pt. II The Performance of Language: Acts, Events, and Activities
6 Signifying and Marking: Two Afro-American Speech Acts 151
7 Verbal Art as Performance 165
8 Formality and Informality in Communicative Events 189
9 Universal and Culture-Specific Properties of Greetings 208
10 Emotion within Situated Activity 239
Pt. III Language Socialization and Literacy Practices
11 Language Acquisition and Socialization: Three Developmental Stories and Their Implications 263
12 Participant Structures and Communicative Competence: Warm Springs Children in Community and Classroom 302
13 What No Bedtime Story Means: Narrative Skills at Home and School 318
14 Creating Social Identities through Doctrina Narratives 343
Pt. IV The Power of Language
15 The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behavior to Language 363
16 The Limits of Awareness 382
17 Arizona Tewa Kiva Speech as a Manifestation of a Dominant Language Ideology 402
18 Language, Gender, and Power: An Anthropological Review 420
19 The "Father Knows Best" Dynamic in Dinnertime Narratives 431
20 Language, Race, and White Public Space 450
References 465
Index 480
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