Culture and Language Use

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Gunter Senft, Jan-Ola Östman, Jef Verschueren
John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 280 pages
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The ten volumes of "Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights" focus on the most salient topics in the field of pragmatics, thus dividing its wide interdisciplinary spectrum in a transparent and manageable way. While other volumes select philosophical, cognitive, grammatical, social, variational, interactional, or discursive angles, this second volume reviews basic topics and traditions that place language use in its cultural context. As emphasized in the introduction, and as revealed in the choice of articles, culture is by no means to be seen as standing in opposition to society and cognition; on the contrary, the notion cannot be understood without insight into the intricate interactions of social and cognitive structures and processes. In addition to the topical articles, a number of contributions to this volume is devoted to aspects of methodology. Others highlight the role of eminent scholars who have made the study of cultural dimensions of language use into what it is today."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Aisatsu
18
Anthropological linguistics
29
Franz Boas
41
Cognitive anthropology
50
Componential analysis
58
Cultural scripts
68
Culture
81
Folk pragmatics
146
Honorifics
156
Wilhelm von Humboldt
173
Intercultural communication
185
Interview
202
Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski
210
Phatic communion
226
Edward Sapir
234

Elicitation
105
Ethnography
110
Ethnography of speaking
121
Fieldwork
131
Firthian linguistics
140
Taxonomy
248
Benjamin Lee Whorf
256
Index
273
The series Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights
281
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