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Linguistic Anthropology: a Reader (2ND 09 Edition)by Alessandro (editor) Duranti
Synopses & Reviews
Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader is a comprehensive collection of the best work that has been published in this exciting and growing area of anthropology, and is organized to provide a guide to key issues in the study of language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice. Revised and updated, this second edition contains eight new articles on speech communities, the power and performance of language, and narratives, among others.
Editor Alessandro Duranti's extensive introduction provides an original perspective on the development of the field and highlights its most compelling issues. Each section of the volume includes a brief introductory statement, a set of guiding questions, and a recommended further reading list. The readings are both historically oriented and thematically coherent, and are grouped according to four themes: speech community and communicative competence; the performance of language; language socialization and literacy practices; and the power of language. Duranti has taken care throughout to trace theoretical and methodological connections among different authors and research agendas from anthropology and other disciplines. This is a collection that stands to serve both scholars and students.
About the Author
Alessandro Duranti is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. His publications include Key Terms in Language and Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001) and A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the recipient of various awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the UCLA Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, and the American Anthropological Association/Mayfield Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments to the Second Edition.
Preface to the Second Edition.
Linguistic Anthropology: History, Ideas, and Issues (Alessandro Duranti).
Part I: Ideal and Real Speech Communities.
1 The Speech Community (John J. Gumperz).
2 The African-American Speech Community: Reality and Sociolinguists (Marcyliena Morgan).
3 The Social Circulation of Media Discourse and the Mediation of Communities (Debra Spitulnik).
4 Communication of Respect in Interethnic Service Encounters (Benjamin Bailey).
5 The Idealised Native Speaker, Reified Ethnicities, and Classroom Realities (Constant Leung, Roxy Harris, and Ben Rampton).
Part II: The Performance of
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