Language, Culture and Identity: An Ethnolinguistic Perspective (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 23, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 276 pages
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How language shapes and is shaped by identity is a key topic within sociolinguistics. An individual's identity is constituted through a variety of different factors, including the social, linguistic, cultural and ethnic contexts. In this book, Philip Riley looks at these issues against the theoretical background of the sociology of knowledge, and ethnolinguistics, asking how we learn who we are and how social identities are negotiated. The idea of 'the foreigner' is central to this account, yet traditional views of the role of being socially 'other' largely neglect the role of language. Riley bridges this gap by examining problematic aspects of multilingual identities, with particular reference to the notions of 'ethos' and the 'communicative virtues'.
This engaging analysis of language and social identity will be essential reading for students of sociolinguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The social knowledge system
21
Identity
69
The Stranger
161
Reconfiguring identities
213
Conclusion
243
References
245
Index
259
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About the author (2007)

Philip Riley is Emeritus Professor of Ethnolinguistics at Nancy University, France.

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