Language and Social Relations

ISBN-10: 0521576857
ISBN-13: 9780521576857
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 446
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

Language is closely linked to our social relationships and is the medium through which we participate in a variety of social activities. This original study explores the important role of language in various aspects of our social life, such as identity, gender relations, class, kinship, status, and hierarchies. Drawing on data from over thirty different languages and societies, it shows how language is more than simply a form of social action; it is also an effective tool with which we formulate models of social life and conduct. These models - or particular forms of social behaviour - are linked to the classification of 'types' of action or actor, and are passed 'reflexively' from person to person, and from generation to generation. Providing a novel and unified way of accounting for a variety of social phenomena, this book will be welcomed by all those interested in the interaction between language, culture, and society.

Asif Agha is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
Typographical conventions
Introduction
Reflexivity
Introduction
Reflexive activity
Text-level indexicality and interactional tropes
Reflexive activity in interaction
Deixis and representation
Performativity
Reflexive processes across encounters
Large scale cultural formations
From referring to registers
Introduction
Referring
Propositional stance and role alignment
Denotational categories
Norms of denotation and interaction
Dialect, sociolect and denotational footing
Retrospect and prospect
Register formations
Introduction
Three aspects of registers
Metapragmatic stereotypes
Stereotypes and socialization
Stereotypes and ideology
Entextualized tropes
Fragmentary circulation
Reflexive social processes and register models
Sociological fractionation and footing
Semiotic range
The enregisterment of style
Conclusion
The social life of cultural value
Introduction
Received Pronunciation: basic issues
Metadiscourses of accent
The emergence of a standard
The transformation of habits of speech perception
The transformation of habits of utterance
Asymmetries of competence and perceptions of value
Changes in exemplary speaker
The sedimentation of habits and the inhabitance of agency
Regrouping identity
Introduction
From 'identity' to emblems
Emblematic figures of identity
Role designators and diacritics
Emblematic readings
Interaction rituals as emblems of group status
Emergent, stereotypic and naturalized groupings
Enregistered identities and stereotypic emblems
Registers of person deixis
Introduction
Metapragmatic stereotypes and standards
Reflexive processes within pronominal registers
Emblems of social difference
Troping on norms
Social boundaries
Honorific registers
Introduction
Variation and normalization
Lexeme and text
Pronominal repertoires
Phonolexical registers of speaker demeanor
Registers of referent-focal deference
Deference to referent: text-defaults
Textually composite effects
Social domain
Speech levels
Norm and trope in kinship behavior
Introduction
From kinship systems to kinship behavior
Lexicalism, codes, and the genealogical reduction
From kinship terms to text-patterns
Normalized tropes
Renormalization and standards
Society-internal variation
Sign and metasign in kinship behavior
From cultural kinship formations to any cultural formation
Notes
References
Index

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