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Discourse and Identity

by Anna De Fina Anna De Fina Deborah Schiffrin Michael Bamberg Deborah Schiffrin

The relationship between language, discourse and identity has always been a major area of sociolinguistic investigation. In more recent times, the field has been revolutionized as previous models - which assumed our identities to be based on stable relationships between linguistic and social variables - have been challenged by pioneering new approaches to the topic. This volume brings together a team of leading experts to explore discourse in a range of social contexts. By applying a variety of analytical tools and concepts, the contributors show how we build images of ourselves through language, how society moulds us into different categories, and how we negotiate our membership of those categories. Drawing on numerous interactional settings (the workplace; medical interviews; education), in a variety of genres (narrative; conversation; interviews), and amongst different communities (immigrants; patients; adolescents; teachers), this revealing volume sheds new light on how our social practices can help to shape our identities.

An Introduction to Language and Linguistics

by Deborah Tannen Alison Mackey Deborah Schiffrin Natalie Schilling Ralph Fasold Jeff Connor-Linton Ralph Fasold Elizabeth Zsiga Donna Lardiere Ruth Kramer David Lightfoot Paul Portner Deborah Schiffrin Deborah Tannen Alison Mackey Natalie Schilling Michael T. Ullman Shaligram Shukla Kendall A. King Jeff Connor-Linton Inderjeet Mani Elizabeth Zsiga Donna Lardiere Ruth Kramer David Lightfoot Paul Portner Michael T. Ullman Shaligram Shukla Kendall A. King Inderjeet Mani

This accessible textbook is the only introduction to linguistics in which each chapter is written by an expert who teaches courses on that topic, ensuring balanced and uniformly excellent coverage of the full range of modern linguistics. Assuming no prior knowledge the text offers a clear introduction to the traditional topics of structural linguistics (theories of sound, form, meaning, and language change), and in addition provides full coverage of contextual linguistics, including separate chapters on discourse, dialect variation, language and culture, and the politics of language. There are also up-to-date separate chapters on language and the brain, computational linguistics, writing, child language acquisition, and second-language learning. The breadth of the textbook makes it ideal for introductory courses on language and linguistics offered by departments of English, sociology, anthropology, and communications, as well as by linguistics departments.

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