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The Matrix Of Language

Contemporary Linguistic Anthropology, 1st Edition

By Donald Brenneis, Ronald K.S. Macaulay


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The Matrix of Language introduces students and other readers to recent debates in the study of language and culture. The articles in this anthology, selected for their readability, present a range of methodological approaches and well-known case studies that illustrate the interconnection of language, culture, and social practice. The editors' introductory essays compare and contrast specific approaches in four broad areas: language and socialization, gender, the ethnography of speaking, and the role of language in social and political life. The book is a valuable introduction in linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics courses and a resource for anyone exploring the relation of language to psychology, political theory, feminist studies, and literature and folklore.

Table of Contents

* Introduction Learning Language, Learning Culture * What No Bedtime Story Means: Narrative Skills at Home and School Shirley Brice Heath. * Detective Stories at Dinnertime: Problem-Solving Through Co-Narration Elinor Ochs, Ruth Smith, and Carolyn Taylor. * Hard Words: A Functional Basis for Kaluli Discourse Steven Feld and Bambi B. Schieffelin. Gender, Power, And Discourse * A Cultural Approach to Male-Female Miscommunication Daniel N. Maltz and Ruth A. Borker. * Norm-Makers, Norm-Breakers: Uses of Speech by Men and Women in a Malagasy Community Elinor Keenan (Ochs). * The Whole Woman: Sex and Gender Differences in Variation Penelope Eckert. Genre, Style, Performance * Biography of a Sentence: A Burmese Proverb A. L. Becker. * Any Man Who Keeps Moren One Houndll Lie to You: A Contextual Study of Expressive Lying Richard Bauman. * Carne, Carnales, and the Carnivalesque: Bakhtinian Batos, Disorder, and Narrative Discourses Jos E. Limn. Language As Social Practice * Grog and Gossip in Bhatgaon: Style and Substance in Fiji Indian Conversation Donald Brenneis. * Reflections on a Meeting: Structure, Language, and the Polity in a Small-Scale Society Fred R. Myers. * When Talk Isnt Cheap: Language and Political Economy Judith T. Irvine. * Monoglot Standard in America: Standardization and Metaphors of Linguistic Hegemony Michael Silverstein. * The Grammar of Consciousness and the Consciousness of Grammar Jane H. Hill.

About the Authors

Brenneis, Donald | Macaulay, Ronald K.S.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General