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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Farzad Sharifian


522 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture presents the first comprehensive survey of research on the relationship between language and culture. It provides readers with a clear and accessible introduction to both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies of language and culture, and addresses key issues of language and culturally based linguistic research from a variety of perspectives and theoretical frameworks.

This Handbook features thirty-three newly commissioned chapters which

  • cover key areas such as cognitive psychology, cognitive linguistics, cognitive anthropology, linguistic anthropology, cultural anthropology, and sociolinguistics
  • offer insights into the historical development, contemporary theory, research, and practice of each topic, and explore the potential future directions of the field
  • show readers how language and culture research can be of practical benefit to applied areas of research and practice, such as intercultural communication and second language teaching and learning.

Written by a group of prominent scholars from around the globe, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture provides a vital resource for scholars and students working in this area.


"This is a breathtakingly wide-ranging book that reveals the literally thousands of complexities in the study of language and culture. Clearly structured and written by the best experts in the field, it is a milestone in the serious study of the language-culture interface."

Zoltán Kövecses, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

"As the world becomes increasingly globalised, it's extremely important for people in many different fields to gain a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between language and culture. This Handbook provides a wonderfully broad-ranging and stimulating exploration of this complex field and is likely to become an important reference source for all those working in this area."

Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick, UK

"The publisher's copy recommends the Routlege Handbook of Language and Culture as ‘a vital resource for scholars and students interested in language and culture’. That it certainly is. The coverage is broad and there is much of immediate practical use."

Gary Palmer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

"This volume is an essential addition to any collection focusing on the relationship between language and culture. It is broad in its coverage of a wide range of disciplines such as applied linguistics, anthropology, sociology, cognitive science and so on; yet each chapter is detailed, scholarly and thorough, written by recognised experts in their respective fields…this is an exceptional collection of carefully selected chapters that shed light on a wide range of connected themes and that inspires further research into the complex interphase between culture and language: a must-read for anyone interested in this fascinating topic."

Gail Al Hafidh, Higher Colleges of Technology in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, LINGUIST List 27.1132

Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview and historical background 1. Language and Culture: OverviewFarzad Sharifian 2. Linguistic Relativity: Precursors and TransformationsJohn Leavitt Part 2: Ethnolinguistics 3.EthnosyntaxAnna Gladkova 4. Ethnosemantics John Leavitt 5. Ethnopragmatics Cliff Goddard with Zhengdao Ye Part 3: Studies of language and culture 6. Linguaculture: The language-culture nexus in transnational perspective Karen Risager 7. Language, Gender and Culture Lidia Tanaka 8. Language, culture, and context Istvan Kecskes 9. Language, Culture, and Politeness Sara Mills 10. Language, Culture, and Interaction Peter Eglin 11. Culture and Kinship Language David B. Kronenfeld 12. Cultural Semiotics Peeter Torop 13. Culture and translation Nigel Armstrong 14. Language, Culture and Identity Sandra R. Schecter 15. Language and culture history: the contribution of linguistic prehistory Patrick McConvell Part 4: Language, Culture, and Cognition 16. Embodiment, Culture, and Language Ning Yu 17. Culture and Language Processing Crystal J. Robinson and Jeanette Altarriba 18. Language, Culture, and Prototypicality Frank Polzenhagen & Xiaoyan Xia 19. Language, Culture and Colour Don Dedrick 20. Language, Culture, and Spatial Cognition Penelope Brown 21.Space, Time and Space-Time: Metaphors, Maps and Fusions Chris Sinha and Enrique Bernárdez 22. Culture and Language Development Laura Sterponi and Paul F. Lai 23.Language and cultural scripts Anna Wierzbicka 24. Culture and emotional language Jean-Marc Dewaele Part 5: Research on language and culture in related disciplines/sub-disciplines 25. Language and Culture in Sociolinguistics Meredith Marra 26. Language and Culture in Cognitive Anthropology Claudia Strauss Part 6: Language and Culture in Applied Domains 27. Language and Culture in Second Language Learning Claire Kramsch 28. Writing Across Cultures Dwight Atkinson 29. Language and Culture in Second Dialect Learning Ian Malcolm 30. Language and Culture in Intercultural Communication Hans-Georg Wolf 31. World Englishes and Local Cultures Andy Kirkpatrick Part 7: Cultural Linguistics: past, present and future directions 32. Cultural Linguistics Farzad Sharifian 33. Cultural Linguistics and the future agenda for research on language and culture Roslyn M. Frank. Index.

About the Editor

Farzad Sharifian is Professor within the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and the Director of Language and Society Centre at Monash University, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics

Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics provide overviews of a whole subject area or sub-discipline in linguistics, and survey the state of the discipline including emerging and cutting edge areas. Edited by leading scholars, these volumes include contributions from key academics from around the world and are essential reading for both advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General