ISBN-10:
1119060605
ISBN-13:
9781119060604
Pub. Date:
12/19/2016
Publisher:
Wiley
Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology / Edition 2

Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology / Edition 2

by Laura M. Ahearn

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ISBN-13: 9781119060604
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/19/2016
Series: Primers in Anthropology Series
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 70,505
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laura M. Ahearn is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow serving as a Senior Learning Advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance. She is the author of Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal (2001) and is the Series Editor Oxford Studies in the Anthropology of Language.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Tables ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Part I Language: Some Basic Questions 1

1 The Socially Charged Life of Language 3

2 Gestures, Sign Languages, and Multimodality 33

3 The Research Process in Linguistic Anthropology 52

4 Language Acquisition and Socialization 69

5 Language, Thought, and Culture 87

Part II Communities of Speakers, Hearers, Readers, and Writers 117

6 Communities of Language Users 119

7 Multilingualism and Globalization 136

8 Literacy Practices 156

9 Performance, Performativity, and the Constitution of Communities 176

Part III Language, Power, and Social Differentiation 201

10 Language and Gender 203

11 Language, Race, and Ethnicity 230

12 Language Death and Revitalization 255

13 Conclusion: Language, Power, and Agency 273

Notes 305

References 321

Index 355

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"Language is the very center of social interaction, the stuff out of which social relations are made. In Living Language, Laura Ahearn introduces us to a twenty-first-century linguistic anthropology, configured around a view of language as a material social activity, as something that people do, rather than as an abstract tool that they use. Living Language introduces a growing, vibrant area of study but also serves as an entryway for other social scientists into a rapidly changing field." - Bruce Mannehim, University of Michigan

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