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By Laura M. Ahearn

Obtainable and obviously written, Living Language: An creation to Linguistic Anthropology introduces readers to the research of language in real-life social contexts all over the world in the course of the modern thought and perform of linguistic anthropology.

  • A hugely available creation to the research of language in real-life social contexts round the world
  • Combines vintage reviews on language and state-of-the-art modern scholarship and assumes no earlier wisdom in linguistics or anthropology
  • Provides a unifying synthesis of present learn and considers destiny instructions for the field
  • Covers key themes corresponding to: language and gender, race, and ethnicity; language acquisition and socialization in little ones and adults; language demise and revitalization; functionality; language and notion; literacy practices; and multilingualism and globalization

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Within the first half, “Language: a few easy Questions,” I clarify how language use will be conceived of, and productively studied as, a sort of social motion. The introductory bankruptcy, “The Socially Charged lifetime of Language,” provides 4 key phrases that would act as anchors for readers as they continue in the course of the resulting chapters. those 4 keywords – multifunctionality, language ideologies, perform, and indexicality – should be utilized in lots of diverse social contexts to procure a deeper figuring out of ways language works. bankruptcy 2, “The study method in Linguistic Anthropology,” describes the various diversified tools linguistic anthropologists use to behavior their examine and discusses a few of the sensible and moral dilemmas many researchers face whilst learning language in real-life occasions. bankruptcy three, “Language Acquisition and Socialization,” makes a speciality of the way in which that linguistic anthropologists learn how children research their first language(s) whilst that they're being socialized into acceptable cultural practices. this manner of knowing linguistic and cultural practices as being completely intertwined may also observe to teens and adults who interact in language socialization each time they input new social or specialist contexts. bankruptcy four, the ultimate bankruptcy within the first a part of the booklet, “Language, suggestion, and Culture,” appears to be like at the various controversies and foundational ideas underlying the so-called “Sapir–Whorf speculation” and the ways that language pertains to proposal and tradition. the second one a part of the booklet, “Communities of audio system, Hearers, Readers, and Writers,” strikes on from those uncomplicated inquiries to ponder the structure of varied kinds of linguistic and social groups. bankruptcy five, “Communities of Language Users,” explores the idea that of “speech neighborhood” and surveys a number of the scholarship in this subject, concluding with a dialogue of the precious substitute notion of “community of perform. ” bankruptcy 6, “Multilingualism and Globalization,” areas those groups in an international context to illustrate how very important it really is to think about multilingualism in members Ahearn_fpref. indd xiv 2/1/2011 9:42:00 AM Preface xv and groups while undertaking examine on linguistic or social practices anyplace on the earth. bankruptcy 7, “Literacy Practices,” makes a case for the significance of the interwoven nature of literacy and orality. Many linguistic anthropologists concentration exclusively on spoken language, yet learning literacy practices at the side of verbal interactions could be very illuminating. bankruptcy 8,“Performance, Performativity, and the structure of Communities,” the ultimate bankruptcy within the moment a part of the ebook, disentangles a few of the theoretical and ethnographic techniques to functionality and performativity and discusses the significance of those subject matters for realizing how linguistic and social groups emerge as shaped. the ultimate a part of the publication, “Language, energy, and Social Differentiation,” strikes extra deeply into the structure of tangible groups through interpreting a number of dimensions of social and linguistic differentiation and inequality inside of specific groups.

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