A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology provides a series ofin-depth explorations of key concepts and approaches by some of thescholars whose work constitutes the theoretical and methodologicalfoundations of the contemporary study of language as culture.
- Provides a definitive overview of the field of linguisticanthropology, comprised of original contributions by leadingscholars in the field
- Summarizes past and contemporary research across the field andis intended to spur students and scholars to pursue new paths inthe coming decades
- Includes a comprehensive bibliography of over 2000 entriesdesigned as a resource for anyone seeking a guide to the literatureof linguistic anthropology
About the Author
Alessandro Duranti is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Language, Interaction and Culture at UCLA. His books include From Grammar to Politics: Linguistic Anthropology in a Western Samoan Village (1994), Linguistic Anthropology (1997), Key Terms in Language and Culture (2001), and Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader (editor, 2001). In 1999 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the UCLA Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a former president of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology and former editor of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. In 2001 Duranti received the American Anthropological Association/Mayfield Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Table of Contents
Synopsis of Contents.
Notes on Contributors.
Part I: Speech Communities, Contact, and Variation.
1. Speech Community. (Marcyliena Morgan).
2. Registers of Language. (Asif Agha).
3. Language Contact And Contact Languages. (Paul B.Garrett).
4. Codeswitching (Kathryn A. Woolard).
5. Diversity, Hierarchy and Modernity in Pacific IslandCommunities. (Niko Besnier).
6. The Value of Linguistic Diversity: Viewing Other WorldsThrough North American Indian Languages. (Marianne Mithun).
7. Variation In Sign Languages. (Barbara Lemaster and LeilaMonaghan).
Part II: The Performing of Language.
8. Conversation as a Cultural Activity. (Elizabeth Keating andMaria Egbert).
9. Gesture. (John B. Haviland).
10. Participation. (Charles Goodwin and Marjorie HarnessGoodwin).
11. Literacy Practices Across Learning Contexts. (PatriciaBaquedano-López). 12. Narrative Lessons.Elinor Ochs).
13. Poetry. (Giorgio Banti and Francesco Giannattasio).
14. Vocal Anthropology: From the Music of Language to theLanguage of Song. (Steven Feld, Aaron A. Fox, Thomas Porcello, andDavid Samuels).
Part III: Achieving Subjectivities and IntersubjectivitiesThrough Language.
15. Language Socialization. (Don Kulick and Bambi B.Schieffelin).
16. Language And Identity. (Mary Bucholtz and Kira Hall).
17. Misunderstanding. (Benjamin Bailey).
18. Language And Madness. (James M. Wilce).
19. Language And Religion. (Webb Keane).
Part IV: The Power In Language.
20. Agency In Language. (Alessandro Duranti).
21. Language and Social Inequality. (Susan U. Philips).
22. Language Ideologies (Paul V. Kroskrity).
What People are Saying About This
"Duranti has brought together a stellar collection of originalessays that will surely become a foundational resource inlinguistic anthropology."–Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University
"With this Companion, Duranti continues his creative role ingiving shape to linguistic anthropology as a field. The chapterswill be valuable not only for students, but also for colleagues.They bring together a considerable range of those active in thefield, and of important foci of research. To mention just two: itis hard to imagine greater clarity than that brought to linguisticdiversity by Mithun, for example, or to the nature of languageideologies by Kroskrity."–Dell Hymes, University of Virginia
"A valuable contribution to linguistic anthropology, this bookcomprises the best articles by some of the best authors. In it,Duranti celebrates the rich diversity of linguistic anthropology byintegrating new advances in sociolinguistics, discourse andconversation analysis, gender and ethnic studies, and other sistercross-disciplines. Moving well beyond early studies of varieties oflanguage and folklore, this book offers insights into the culturaldimensions of power, social inequality, identity, and many otherdimensions of talk and text in their sociocultural contexts. Thiswill serve as a true companion for many students and scholars inmany disciplines."–Teun A. van Dijk, Universitat Pompeu Fabra