A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
- Provides a definitive overview of the field of linguistic anthropology, comprised of original contributions by leading scholars in the field
- Summarizes past and contemporary research across the field and is intended to spur students and scholars to pursue new paths in the coming decades
- Includes a comprehensive bibliography of over 2000 entries designed as a resource for anyone seeking a guide to the literature of linguistic anthropology
Notes on Contributors.
Part I: Speech Communities, Contact, and Variation.
1. Speech Community. (Marcyliena Morgan).
2. Registers of Language. (Asif Agha).
3. Language Contact And Contact Languages. (Paul B. Garrett).
4. Codeswitching (Kathryn A. Woolard).
5. Diversity, Hierarchy and Modernity in Pacific Island Communities. (Niko Besnier).
6. The Value of Linguistic Diversity: Viewing Other Worlds Through North American Indian Languages. (Marianne Mithun).
7. Variation In Sign Languages. (Barbara Lemaster and Leila Monaghan).
Part II: The Performing of Language.
8. Conversation as a Cultural Activity. (Elizabeth Keating and Maria Egbert).
9. Gesture. (John B. Haviland).
10. Participation. (Charles Goodwin and Marjorie Harness Goodwin).
11. Literacy Practices Across Learning Contexts. (Patricia Baquedano-López). 12. Narrative Lessons.Elinor Ochs).
13. Poetry. (Giorgio Banti and Francesco Giannattasio).
14. Vocal Anthropology: From the Music of Language to the Language of Song. (Steven Feld, Aaron A. Fox, Thomas Porcello, and David Samuels).
Part III: Achieving Subjectivities and Intersubjectivities Through Language.
15. Language Socialization. (Don Kulick and Bambi B. Schieffelin).
16. Language And Identity. (Mary Bucholtz and Kira Hall).
17. Misunderstanding. (Benjamin Bailey).
18. Language And Madness. (James M. Wilce).
19. Language And Religion. (Webb Keane).
Part IV: The Power In Language.
20. Agency In Language. (Alessandro Duranti).
21. Language and Social Inequality. (Susan U. Philips).
22. Language Ideologies (Paul V. Kroskrity).
- Provides a definitive overview of the field of linguistic
anthropology, comprised of original contributions by leading
scholars in the field.
- Constitutes an unprecedented overview of both the theoretical
and methodological foundations of contemporary linguistic
- Summarizes past and contemporary research across the field and
is intended to spur students and scholars to pursue new paths in
the coming decades.
- Includes a comprehensive bibliography of over 2000 entries designed as a resource for anyone seeking a guide to the literature of linguistic anthropology.
"This hefty, immaculate volume inaugurates the innovative series
of Blackwell Companions to Anthropology, and does so with
academic panache … Intelligible for readers with no previous
knowledge of the field ... A resource of genuine utility in
academic libraries with any interest in linguistics or
anthropology.” Reference Reviews
"Duranti has brought together a stellar collection of original
essays that will surely become a foundational resource in
linguistic anthropology." Deborah Tannen, Georgetown
"With this Companion, Duranti continues his creative role in
giving shape to linguistic anthropology as a field. The chapters
will be valuable not only for students, but also for colleagues.
They bring together a considerable range of those active in the
field, and of important foci of research. To mention just two: it
is hard to imagine greater clarity than that brought to linguistic
diversity by Mithun, for example, or to the nature of language
ideologies by Kroskrity." Dell Hymes, University of
"A valuable contribution to linguistic anthropology, this book
comprises the best articles by some of the best authors. In it,
Duranti celebrates the rich diversity of linguistic anthropology by
integrating new advances in sociolinguistics, discourse and
conversation analysis, gender and ethnic studies, and other sister
cross-disciplines. Moving well beyond early studies of varieties of
language and folklore, this book offers insights into the cultural
dimensions of power, social inequality, identity, and many other
dimensions of talk and text in their sociocultural contexts. This
will serve as a true companion for many students and scholars in
many disciplines." Teun A. van Dijk, Universitat Pompeu
"This volume brings together 31 scholars in the field of
linguistic anthropology and is aimed at offering an overview of the
discipline's key concepts and approaches." Pragmatics
"Succeeds in doing exactly what it sets out to in a clear, concise and well-ordered fashion... a well thought out and comprehensive anthology that gives the reader a well-rounded introduction to linguistic anthropology... a must-have for any anthropologist's bookshelf." Social Anthropology