Language and Social Relations

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Cambridge University Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 427 pages
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Language is closely linked to our social relationships and is the medium through which we participate in a variety of social activities. This fascinating study explores the important role of language in various aspects of our social life, such as identity, gender relations, class, kinship, status, and hierarchies. Drawing on data from over thirty different languages and societies, it shows how language is more than simply a form of social action; it is also an effective tool with which we formulate models of social life and conduct. These models - or particular forms of social behaviour - are linked to the classification of 'types' of action or actor, and are passed 'reflexively' from person to person, and from generation to generation. Providing a unified way of accounting for a variety of social phenomena, this book will be welcomed by all those interested in the interaction between language, culture, and society.
 

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Contents

Reflexivity
14
From referring to registers
84
Register formations
145
l0 Javanese kasarcoarseprosody
182
The social life of cultural value
190
Regrouping identity
233
Registers of person deixis
278
l0 Social groups and dispensation rights in Swedish
299
Honorific registers
301
Persian
313
l0 Javanese human common nouns
333
l6 Acceptability ofmixed speech levels by social domain
339
Norm and trope in kinship behavior
340
Notes
386
References
408
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Asif Agha is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.