Style and Social Identities: Alternative Approaches to Linguistic Heterogeneity

Style and Social Identities: Alternative Approaches to Linguistic Heterogeneity

by Peter Auer
     
 

ISBN-10: 3110190818

ISBN-13: 9783110190816

Pub. Date: 01/01/2007

Publisher: De Gruyter

Why do languages allow us to say 'the same thing' in so many different ways? One of the answers is that in saying what we want to say, we always position ourselves in social space as well, by speaking differently from relevant other social actors or groups. This volume explores how variability in language is exploited (and maintained) in order to perform this

Overview

Why do languages allow us to say 'the same thing' in so many different ways? One of the answers is that in saying what we want to say, we always position ourselves in social space as well, by speaking differently from relevant other social actors or groups. This volume explores how variability in language is exploited (and maintained) in order to perform this social identity work in interaction. It shows that variable features cluster together in socially meaningful ways when considered as social (communicative) styles linked to social identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110190816
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Language, Power and Social Process [LPSP] Series, #18
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
521
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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