Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader / Edition 2

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Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader is a comprehensive collection of the best work that has been published in this exciting and growing area of anthropology, and is organized to provide a guide to key issues in the study of language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice.

  • Revised and updated, this second edition contains eight new articles on key subjects, including speech communities, the power and performance of language, and narratives
  • Selections are both historically oriented and thematically coherent, and are accessibly grouped according to four major themes: speech community and communicative competence; the performance of language; language socialization and literacy practices; and the power of language
  • An extensive introduction provides an original perspective on the development of the field and highlights its most compelling issues
  • Each section includes a brief introductory statement, sets of guiding questions, and list of recommended readings on the main topics
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Editorial Reviews

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"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 [from 1st edition])

"Many of the articles included...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)

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Meet the Author

Alessandro Duranti is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. His publications include Key Terms in Language and Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001) and A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and 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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