Language and Culture

Language and Culture

Format: Paperback

This book offers an accessible survey of key language concepts such as social context and cultural authenticity, using insights from fields including linguistics, sociology, and anthropology.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-437214-5
  • Price: $ 31.00

This book offers an accessible survey of key language concepts such as social context and cultural authenticity, using insights from fields including linguistics, sociology, and anthropology.

Educational discount pricing

K12 schools, college bookstores, and other educational institutions with an Oxford account will receive an educational discount when placing their order through our Customer Service department.

Please call Customer Service at 800-542-2442 (8am - 6pm EST, Monday to Friday). You need an Oxford account to receive the discounted price.

Our discounted price list (PDF)

Read more...

This book offers an accessible survey of key language concepts such as social context and cultural authenticity, using insights from fields including linguistics, sociology, and anthropology.

Contents

Preface
Section 1
Survey

1 The relationship of language and culture
Nature, culture, language
Communities of language users
Imagined communities
Insiders/outsiders
Linguistic relativity
The Sapir - Whorf hypothesis
Summary

2 Meaning as sign
The linguistic sign
The meaning of signs
Cultural encodings
Semantic cohesion
The non-arbitrary nature of signs
Symbols
Summary

3 Meaning as action
Context of situation, context of culture
Structures of expectation
Contextualization cues, situated inferences
Pragmatic coherence
The co-operative principle
Participants' roles and the co-construction of culture
Summary

4 Spoken language, oral culture
Speech and writing
Indicating status
Social positionings
Protecting face
Conversational style
Narrative style
Summary

5 Print language, literate culture
Written language, textual culture
Print and power
Social construction of literacy
Text and discourse
Literacy event, prior text, point of view
Genre
Summary

6 Language and cultural identity
Cultural identity
Cultural stereotypes
Language crossing as act of identity
Linguistic nationism
Standard language, cultural totem
Linguistic and cultural imperialism
Summary

7 Current issues
Who is a native speaker?
Cultural authenticity
Cross-cultural, intercultural, multicultural
The politics of recognition

Section 2

Readings

Section 3

References

Section 4

Glossary