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Language and Social Identity

ISBN-10: 0521288975
ISBN-13: 9780521288972
Edition: 2nd 1982
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List price: $72.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/20/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Throughout Western society there are now strong pressures for social and racial integration but, in spite of these, recent experience has shown that greater intergroup contact can actually reinforce social distinctions and ethnic stereotypes. The studies collected here examine, from a broad sociological perspective, the sorts of face-to-face verbal exchange that are characteristic of industrial societies, and the volume as a whole pointedly demonstrates the role played by communicative phenomena in establishing and reinforcing social identity. The method of analysis that has been adopted enables the authors to reveal and examine a centrally important but hitherto little discussed conversational mechanism: the subconscious processes of inference that result from situational factors, social presuppositions and discourse conventions. The theory of conversation and the method of analysis that inform the author's approach are discussed in the first two chapters, and the case studies themselves examine interviews, counselling sessions and similar formal exchanges involving contacts between a wide range of different speakers: South Asians, West Indians and native English speakers in Britain; English natives and Chinese in South-East Asia; Afro-Americans, Asians and native English speakers in the United States; and English and French speakers in Canada. The volume will be of importance to linguists, anthropologists, psychologists, and others with a professional interest in communication, and its findings will have far-reaching applications in industrial and community relations and in educational practice.

Preface
A note on conventions
Introduction: language and the communication of social identity
Thematic structure and progression in discourse
Discovering connections
Inscrutability revisited
Negotiating interpretations in interethnic settings
Strategies and counterstrategies in the use of yes-no questions in discourse
Negotiations of language choice in Montreal
Performance and ethnic style in job interviews
Interethnic communication in committee negotiations
Fact and inference in courtroom testimony
A cultural approach to male-female miscommunication
Ethnic style in male-female conversation
Language and disadvanage: the hidden process
Bibliography
Subject index
Author index

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