Speaking Culturally: Language Diversity in the United States

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SAGE, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 365 pages
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In Speaking Culturally Fern Johnson probes the rich cultural legacies and deep cultural dimensions underlying discourse in the United States. This culturally rich examination of discourse places the changing demographics of the United States in linguistic perspective and draws upon the authorís "language-centered perspective on culture" to illuminate the discourses associated with gender and with African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans. Language is placed in the context of the histories, multiplicities, and cultural themes influencing its users.

  

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Contents

The Language System in Its Communicative Contexts
24
Cultural Dimensions of Discourse
45
Gendered Discourses
71
African American Discourse in Cultural and Historical Context
113
Hispanic Peoples and Their Language Patterns I6C
163
Language and Cultural Complexity in Asian American Identities
197
Language Consequences and Controversies
243
Bilingual Education Ebonics and the Ideology
297
References
333
Index
355
About the Author
365
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