Living Language : An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-06
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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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

Author Biography

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 Figuresp. viii
List of Tablesp. x
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Language: Some Basic Questionsp. l
The Socially Charged Life of Languagep. 3
The Research Process in Linguistic Anthropologyp. 31
Language Acquisition and Socializationp. 50
Language, Thought, and Culturep. 65
Communities of Speakers, Hearers, Readers, and Writersp. 99
Communities of Language Usersp. 101
Multilingualism and Globalizationp. 119
Literacy Practicesp. 140
Performance, Performativity, and the Constitution of Communitiesp. 160
Language, Power, and Social Differentiationp. 185
Language and Genderp. 187
Language, Race, and Ethnicityp. 214
Language Death and Revitalizationp. 240
Conclusion: Language, Power, and Agencyp. 259
Notesp. 292
Referencesp. 307
Indexp. 336
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