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Accessible and clearly written, Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology introduces readers to the study of language in real-life social contexts around the world through the contemporary theory and practice of linguistic anthropology. A highly accessible introduction to the study of language in real-life social contexts around the world Combines classic studies on language and cutting-edge contemporary scholarship and assumes no prior knowledge in linguistics or anthropology Provides a unifying synthesis of current research and considers future directions for the field Covers key topics such as: language and gender, race, and ethnicity; language acquisition and socialization in children and adults; language death and revitalization; performance; language and thought; literacy practices; and multilingualism and globalization
Laura M. Ahearn is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, USA. She is the author of Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal(2001).
Table of Contents
|List of Figures||p. viii|
|List of Tables||p. x|
|Language: Some Basic Questions||p. l|
|The Socially Charged Life of Language||p. 3|
|The Research Process in Linguistic Anthropology||p. 31|
|Language Acquisition and Socialization||p. 50|
|Language, Thought, and Culture||p. 65|
|Communities of Speakers, Hearers, Readers, and Writers||p. 99|
|Communities of Language Users||p. 101|
|Multilingualism and Globalization||p. 119|
|Literacy Practices||p. 140|
|Performance, Performativity, and the Constitution of Communities||p. 160|
|Language, Power, and Social Differentiation||p. 185|
|Language and Gender||p. 187|
|Language, Race, and Ethnicity||p. 214|
|Language Death and Revitalization||p. 240|
|Conclusion: Language, Power, and Agency||p. 259|
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