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The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology

Edited By

Nancy Bonvillain

ISBN 9780415834100
Published September 3, 2015 by Routledge
494 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology is a broad survey of linguistic anthropology, featuring contributions from prominent scholars in the field. Each chapter presents a brief historical summary of research in the field and discusses topics and issues of current concern to people doing research in linguistic anthropology. The handbook is organized into four parts – Language and Cultural Productions; Language Ideologies and Practices of Learning; Language and the Communication of Identities; and Language and Local/Global Power – and covers current topics of interest at the intersection of the two fields, while also contextualizing them within discussions of fieldwork practice. Featuring 30 contributions from leading scholars in the field, The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology is an essential overview for students and researchers interested in understanding core concepts and key issues in linguistic anthropology.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Bruce Mannheim Part I. Language and Cultural Productions 1. Semantic Categorization and Cognition Gerrit Dimmendaal 2. Gesture Jurgen Streeck 3. The Social Imaginary, Unspoken in Verbal Art Bruce Mannheim 4. New Perspectives on Kinship: overcoming the Eurocentrism and scientism of kinship studies through lexical universals Anna Wierzbicka 5. Being in the Cloud: analysis of discourse in online communities Tracy Wories Part II. Language Ideologies and Practices of Learning 6. Language Ideologies: emergence, elaboration, and application Paul Kroskrity 7. Social Subordination and Language Margarita Huayhua 8. Language Socialization Amy Paugh 9. Studying Language Acquisition in Different Linguistic and Cultural Settings Sabine Stoll 10. Language Socialization and Marginalization Inmaculada Garcia-Sanchez Part III. Language and the Communication of Identities 11. Language, Sexuality, Heteroglossia and Intersectionality William Leap 12. Language, Gender and Identity Pia Pichler 13. Discursive Practices, Linguistic Repertoire, and Racial Identities John Baugh 14. Language and Racialization Elaine Chun and Adrienne Lo 15. Analyzing Interactive Discourse: conversation and dialogue M. Jill Brody 16. Communicative Practices in Signed Languages Richard Senghas 17. New and Emergent Languages Kathleen Riley Part IV. Language and Local/Global Power 18. Language and Political Economy Bonnie McElhinny 19 .Language, Immigration, and the Nation-State Joan Pujolar 20. Language and Nationalism Eve Haque 21. Language in the Age of Globalization Marco Jacquemet 22. The Emergence of Creoles and Language Change Salikoko Mufwene 23. Discrimination via Discourse Ruth Wodak 24. Racism in the Press Teun van Dijk 25. Legal Discourse John Conley 26. The Language of Transitional Justice Susan Hirsch 27. Language Maintenance and Revitalization James Andrew Cowell 28. Language Endangerment and Revitalization Strategies Julie Brittain and Marguerite MacKenzie 29. The Politics of Language Endangerment Barbra Meek

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Nancy Bonvillain teaches linguistics and anthropology at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Her fieldwork and research publications focus on linguistic analyses of Mohawk, a Northern Iroquoian language. She has also written several textbooks including Cultural Anthropology, Language, Culture, and Communication, and Native Nations.


"This reference work provides a neat overview of the subfield of linguistic anthropology, including past research and future directions. (...) Overall, the chapters read as more accessible than is typical for linguistic anthropology, which tends towards jargon and unintelligibility. Part of the reason for this is the mostly standard structure of the entries, each of which offers some combination of historical perspectives, critical/key issues, current contributions and research, recommendations for practice, and future directions. Summing Up: Highly recommended"

- E. Pappas, University of Virginia in CHOICE