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Books: Socioling: Eerdmans, Prevignano, Thibault (eds)

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  1. paul, Language and Interaction: Eerdmans, Prevignano, Thibault (eds.)

Message 1: Language and Interaction: Eerdmans, Prevignano, Thibault (eds.)

Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 12:44:42 +0000
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Subject: Language and Interaction: Eerdmans, Prevignano, Thibault (eds.)

Title: Language and Interaction
Subtitle: Discussions with John J. Gumperz
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Editor: Susan L. Eerdmans, University of Bologna 
Editor: Carlo L. Prevignano, University of Bologna 
Editor: Paul J. Thibault, University of Venice; Lingnan University,
	Hong Kong
Hardback: ISBN: 1588113043, Pages: xii, 171 pp., Price: USD 56.00
Hardback: ISBN: 902722594X, Pages: xii, 171 pp., Price: EUR 56.00

This book features a fascinating and extended focal interview with
Professor John J. Gumperz, who ranges over his long career trajectory
and reflects on his scientific achievements and how they relate to the
contemporary linguistic scene. In this way, the reader is presented
with a snapshot introduction to Gumperz's work in a contemporary
context. A number of commentaries provide a stimulating and
illuminating series of theoretical and applied encounters with
Gumperz's work from different perspectives. In so doing, they shed new
light on Gumperz's seminal contribution to the study of language and
interaction. In his Response Essay and in a final discussion, Gumperz
clarifies his views on many of the topics discussed in the volume, as
well as sharing with readers his views on some other approaches to
language and interaction that are closely aligned to his own.
Sociolinguistics, the ethnographic approach to language, language and
social interaction, intercultural communication, communicative
conventions, contextualization -- these are some of the key
terms which Professor John J. Gumperz discusses in this wide ranging
and searching interview about his career as an anthropological
linguist and sociolinguist interested in cultural diversity and
intercultural communication. 

John J. Gumperz, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of
California, Berkeley, is one of the founders of Sociolinguistics whose
early work on speech communities and on the relationship of linguistic
to social boundaries helped lay the basis for much current work in the
field. Since the 1970s he has concentrated on a theory and methods of
discourse analysis that can account for the intrinsic diversity of
today's communicative environments. His publications include:
Language in Social Groups (1962); Ethnography of Communication (1964)
and Directions in Sociolinguistics (1972/2002), both coedited with
Dell Hymes; Discourse Strategies (1982); Language and Social Identity
(1982); and Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (1996), coedited with
Steven Levinson. He is currently working on a collection of studies
New Ethnographies of Communication (coedited with Marco Jacquemet);
and Language in Social Theory.

Table of Contents

Preface vii 
1. Presenting John J. Gumperz 
 Aldo Di Luzio 1 
2. A discussion with John J. Gumperz 
 Carlo L. Prevignano and Aldo Di Luzio 7 
3. Contextualizing "Contextualization Cues" 
 Stephen C. Levinson 31 
4. Contextualization and social meaning-making practices 
 Paul J. Thibault 41 
5. Gumperz and the minims of interaction 
 Carlo L. Prevignano 63 
6. Commentary on a discussion with John J. Gumperz 
 Afzal Ballim 79 
7. A review of John J. Gumperz's current contributions to
 interactional sociolinguistics
 Susan L. Eerdmans 85 
8. Response essay 
 John J. Gumperz 105 
9. Body dynamics, social meaning-making, and scale heterogeneity 
 Paul J. Thibault 127 
10. Continuing the discussion with John J. Gumperz 
 Carlo L. Prevignano and Paul J. Thibault 149 
Bio-bibliographical note 163 
Index 165

Lingfield(s): Discourse Analysis
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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