Language and Ethnicity

ISBN-10: 0521612918
ISBN-13: 9780521612913
Edition: 2006
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Description: What is ethnicity? Is there a 'white' way of speaking? Why do people sometimes borrow features of another ethnic group's language? Why do we sometimes hear an accent that isn't there? This lively overview reveals the fascinating relationship between  More...

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List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What is ethnicity? Is there a 'white' way of speaking? Why do people sometimes borrow features of another ethnic group's language? Why do we sometimes hear an accent that isn't there? This lively overview reveals the fascinating relationship between language ethnic identity, exploring the crucial role it plays in both revealing a speaker's ethnicity and helping to construct it. Drawing on research from a range of ethnic groups around the world, it shows how language contributes to the social and psychological processes involved in the formation of ethnic identity, exploring both the linguistic features of ethnic language varieties and also the ways in which language is used by different ethnic groups. Complete with discussion questions and a glossary, Language and Ethnicity will be welcomed by students and researchers in sociolinguistics, as well as anybody interested in ethnic issues, language and education, inter-ethnic communication, and the relationship between language and identity.

Carmen Fought is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College, Claremont, California.

Preface
Acknowledgments
General issues in ethnicity and language
What is ethnicity?
Areas of agreement about ethnicity
Possible definitions of ethnicity
Possible definitions of race
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Language and the construction of ethnic identity
What linguistic resources do individuals have in constructing identity?
Indexing multiple identities
Ethnic pride or assimilation?
How is an individual's ethnicity co-constructed by the community?
Language and the construction of ethnic identity: three individual cases
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Linguistic features and ethnicity in specific groups
African-American groups
What is AAVE?
AAVE grammar
AAVE phonology
Variation in the use of non-standard features in AAVE
Attitudes towards AAVE
Regional variation in AAVE: is AAVE converging toward a supraregional norm?
Another possibility: a blend of supraregional and regional norms
Standard AAE and the language of middle-class African-Americans
AAVE in the media
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Latino groups
The complexities of identity in Latino communities
Repertoires: multiple codes for multiple identities
Attitudes, choices, and the construction of identity
The structure of dialects in latino communities
Chicano English phonology
Chicano English grammar
The structure of other Latino English dialects
Latino dialects of Spanish
The language gap: differences among generations
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Linguistic variation in other multiethnic settings
Cajuns and Creoles in Louisiana
South African ethnic groups
Maoris in New Zealand
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Are white people ethnic? Whiteness, dominance, and ethnicity
The social correlates of being white
The linguistic correlates of being white
The consequences of "sounding white"
Humor and the portrayal of "whiteness"
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Dialect contact, ethnicity, and language change
Dialect contact and ethnic boundaries
Influences of minority ethnic dialects on the dominant dialect
Contact among ethnic minority dialects
Ethnic minority group speakers and sound change
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
The role of language use in ethnicity
Discourse features, pragmatics, and ethnicity
Indirectness
Turn-taking, silence, and backchanneling
Joking
Complimenting
Acquisition of language norms
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Interethnic communication and language prejudice
Tennis, anyone?
Interethnic communication
Differences in language use norms in public settings
Language varieties and interactional styles in the classroom
Teaching a standard variety to speakers of vernacular varieties
Accent hallucination
Matched guise studies and linguistic profiling
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Crossing: may I borrow your ethnicity?
Classic studies of crossing in the UK
Who crosses?
Why does a speaker cross?
How does an individual get access to a linguistic code other than his or her own?
How extensive is crossing, linguistically? What linguistic areas are individuals who cross most likely to use?
Does crossing lead to less racism?
Crossing versus passing
Discussion questions
Suggestions for further reading
Notes
Glossary of terms
References
Index

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