Multiple Perspectives on Language Play

Multiple Perspectives on Language Play

by Nancy Bell (Editor)


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Interest in language play and linguistic creativity has increased in recent years, and the topic has been taken up from a variety of perspectives. In this book, disparate approaches to the topic are brought together, demonstrating that a number of phenomena whose similarities might not have been immediately recognized, have an academic home under the umbrella of language play and linguistic creativity. The contributions to this collection illustrate the variety of questions that can be asked regarding the social, cognitive, emotional, political, and cultural mechanisms and significance of innovative linguistic practices and point to new directions of inquiry. Furthermore, the work exemplifies a variety of ways in which this research can be carried out, as well as the range of contexts in which it might be investigated, including second language classrooms, online settings, and workplaces. Taken together, the chapters serve to illustrate the range of work that we will be accepting in the Language Play and Creativity series; viewed individually, each makes a unique contribution to some aspect of our understanding of creative language use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501511844
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 12/19/2016
Series: Language Play and Creativity Series , #1
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Bell, Washington State University, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction Nancy Bell 01

1 Language play in conversation Neat R. Norrick 11

2 Playing with turns, playing with action? A social-interactionist perspective Thorsten Huth 47

3 The shape of tweets to come: Automating language play in social networks Tony Veale 73

4 "This system's so slow": Negotiating sequences of laughter and laughables in call-centre interaction Elizabeth Holt 93

5 Laughter as a "serious business": Clients' laughter in prenatal screening for Down's syndrome Olga Zayts Stephanie Schnurr 119

6 Jocular language play, social action and (dis)affillation in conversational interaction Michael Haugh 143

7 "Everything he says to me it's like he stabs me in the face": Frontstage and backstage reactions to teasing Valeria Sinkeviciute 169

8 Cities, conviviality and double-edged language play Emi Otsuji Alastair Pennycook 199

9 Building rapport and a sense of communal identity through play in a second language classroom David Hann 219

10 The first English (EFL) lesson: Initial settings or the emergence of a playful classroom culture Jet Van Dam Anne Bannink 245

11 The emergence of creativity in L2 English: A usage-based case-study Søren W. Eskildsen 281

12 Teaching language learners how to understand sarcasm in 12 English Jiyun Kim 317

13 Anti-language: Linguistic innovation, identity construction, and group affiliation among emerging speech communities Natalie Lefkowitz John S. Hedgcock 347

14 Celebrations of a satirical song: Ideologies of anti-racism in the media Julia McKinney Elaine W. Chun 377

Index 403

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