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Language Ideologies : Practice and Theory - Bambi B. Schieffelin

Language Ideologies

Practice and Theory

By: Bambi B. Schieffelin (Editor), Kathryn A. Woolard (Editor), Paul V. Kroskrity (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1998
ISBN: 9780195105629
Number Of Pages: 352

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"Language ideologies" are cultural representations, whether explicit or implicit, of the intersection of language and human beings in a social world. Mediating between social structures and forms of talk, such ideologies are not only about language. Rather, they link language to identity, power, aesthetics, morality and epistemology. Through such linkages, language ideologies underpin not only linguistic form and use, but also significant social institutions and fundamental notions of person and community.
The essays in this new volume examine definitions and conceptions of language in a wide range of societies around the world. Beginning with an introductory survey of language ideology as a field of inquiry, the volume is organized in three parts. Part I, "Scope and Force of Dominant Conceptions of Language," focuses on the propensity of cultural models of language developed in one social domain to affect linguistic and social behavior across domains. Part II, "Language Ideology in Institutions of Power," continues the examination of the force of specific language beliefs, but narrows the scope to the central role that language ideologies play in the functioning of particular institutions of power such as the law, mass media, or nationalism. Part III, "Multiplicity and Contention among Ideologies," emphasizes the existence of variability, contradiction, and struggles among ideologies within any given society. This will be the first collection of work to appear in this rapidly growing field, which bridges linguistic and social theory. It will greatly interest linguistic anthropologists, social and cultural anthropologists, sociolinguists, historians, cultural studies, communications, and folklore scholars.

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"Those who have followed the discussion of language ideology over the years will find it illuminating to track its shifts. At the same time, readers unfamiliar with the topic...will find this volume sufficiently self-contained to follow."--Anthropological Linguistics "Readers will have much to learn from this rich and carefully edited body of research. Many of the subjects undertaken in this volume-language planning, honorifics, standardization, gossip, and oratory-are familiar to linguistic anthropologists. What these essays add is the ability to link their analyses, in explicit and often nuanced ways, to broader debates in social theory."--Language in Society

1: Kathryn Woolard: Introduction: Language Ideology as a Field of Inquiry 2: Judith Irvine, Brandeis University: Ideologies of Honorific Language 3: Jane H. Hill, U. of Arizona: "Today there is no respect": Nostalgia, "respect," and oppositional discourse in Mexicano (Nahuatl) language ideology 4: Don Kulick, Sweden: Anger, gender language shift and the politics of Revelation in Papua New Guinean Village 5: Paul Kroskrity: Arizona Tewa Kiva speech as a manifestation of a dominant language ideology 6: Michael Silverstein, U. of Chicago: The uses and utility of ideology: Some reflections 7: Elizabeth Mertz, Northwestern School of Law: Linguistic ideology and praxis in US las school classrooms 8: Debra Spitulnik, Emory University: Mediating unity and diversity: the production of language ideologies in Zambian broadcasting 9: Jan Blommaert, U. of Ghent, Netherlands, and Jef Verschueren, UC San Diego: The role of language in European nationalist ideologies 10: Susan Philips, U. of Arizona: Language ideologies in institutions of power: A commentary 11: Charles Briggs, UC San Diego: "You're a Liar--you're just like a woman!": Constructing dominant ideologies of language in Warao men's gossip 12: James Collins, SUNY Albany: Our ideologies and theirs 13: Joseph Errington, Yale University: Indonesian('s) development: On the state of a language of state 14: Bambi B. Schieffelin and Rachelle Charlier Doucet, New York University: The "real" Haitian creole; Ideology, metalinguistics, and orthographic choice 15: Susan Gal, U. of Chicago: Multiplicity and contention among language ideologies: A Comment

ISBN: 9780195105629
ISBN-10: 0195105621
Series: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st May 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.52  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5

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