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Language and Culture : Oxford Introduction to Language Study - Claire Kramsch

Language and Culture

Oxford Introduction to Language Study

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Published: 10th December 1998
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Recent social and political changes have focused attention on the debate about the relationship between language and culture. This book offers an accessible survey of key concepts such as social context and cultural authenticity, using insights from fields which include linguistics, sociology and anthropology.

Preface Section 1 Survey 1: The relationship of language and culture Nature, culture, language Communities of language users Imagined communities Insiders/outsiders Linguistic relativity The Sapir - Whorf hypothesis Summary 2: Meaning as sign The linguistic sign The meaning of signs Cultural encodings Semantic cohesion The non-arbitrary nature of signs Symbols Summary 3: Meaning as action Context of situation, context of culture Structures of expectation Contextualization cues, situated inferences Pragmatic coherence The co-operative principle Participants' roles and the co-construction of culture Summary 4: Spoken language, oral culture Speech and writing Indicating status Social positionings Protecting face Conversational style Narrative style Summary 5: Print language, literate culture Written language, textual culture Print and power Social construction of literacy Text and discourse Literacy event, prior text, point of view Genre Summary 6: Language and cultural identity Cultural identity Cultural stereotypes Language crossing as act of identity Linguistic nationism Standard language, cultural totem Linguistic and cultural imperialism Summary 7: Current issues Who is a native speaker? Cultural authenticity Cross-cultural, intercultural, multicultural The politics of recognition Section 2 Readings Section 3 References Section 4 Glossary

ISBN: 9780194372145
ISBN-10: 0194372146
Series: Oxford Introduction to Language Study
Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 134
Published: 10th December 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.17