Subtitle: Sociolinguistic Perspectives
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Editor: Alexandra Jaffe
Hardback: ISBN: 9780195331646 Pages: 336 Price: U.S. $ 74.00
All communication involves acts of stance, in which speakers take up positions vis-a-vis the expressive, referential, interactional, and social implications of their speech. This volume collects new and dynamic contributions on stancetaking as a sociolinguistic phenomenon. Drawing on data from such diverse contexts as advertising, tourism, historical texts, naturally occuring conversation, classroom interaction, and interviews, "Stance" explores how linguistic stancetaking is implicated in the representation of self, personal style and acts of stylization, and self- and other-positioning. The analyses also focus on how speakers deploy and take up stances vis-a-vis sociolinguistic variables and the critical role of stance in the processes of indexicalization: how linguistic forms come to be associated with social categories and meanings. In doing so, many of the authors address critical issues of power and social reproduction, examining how stance is implicated in the production, reproduction and potential change of social and linguistic hierarchies and ideologies.