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LINGUIST List 21.1395

Mon Mar 22 2010

Books: Applied Ling/Discourse Analysis/Sociolinguistics: Domínguez Baraj

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, The Function of Proverbs in Discourse: Domínguez Barajas

Message 1: The Function of Proverbs in Discourse: Domínguez Barajas
Date: 19-Mar-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: The Function of Proverbs in Discourse: Domínguez Barajas
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Title: The Function of Proverbs in Discourse
Subtitle: The Case of a Mexican Transnational Social Network
Series Title: Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL] 98
Published: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110224887-1

Author: Elías Domínguez Barajas
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110224894 Pages: 200 Price: Europe EURO 89.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110224887 Pages: 200 Price: Europe EURO 89.95

Grounded primarily in the ethnography of communication and aligned with the
multidisciplinarity of discourse analysis, the book examines the use of
proverbs in the daily life of a social network of Mexican-origin
transnational families in Chicago and Michoacán, Mexico. Various and
detailed analyses of actual proverb use reveal that proverbs in this
particular population function as a highly contextualized communicative
strategy that serves four discrete social functions: to argue, to advise,
to establish rapport, and to entertain. Proposing that the social and
cognitive aspects of language use must be combined for a complete
understanding of how such genres of language are actually used by regular
people in daily life, the author shows how ordinary people use
sophisticated cognitive processes to interpret the socially-relevant
meanings of proverbs in everyday conversation.

The book provides an unusual mix of contextualized discourse analysis that
is ethnographic, linguistic, and cognitive, yielding much needed insight
into a segment of the Mexican-origin population of the Midwestern U.S., a
population whose increasing importance and size is often mentioned, but
about which precious few linguistic studies have been conducted. The volume
not only helps to fill this void but it is also one of the few studies that
focuses on the impact of transnationalism on linguistic practices,
regardless of cultural group. Departing from the conventional approach of
ignoring the role of everyday-language use in order to focus exclusively on
culture, economics, or migrant patterns, the book makes linguistic practice
the central issue, and thus affirms that it is language that weaves
together the two distant sites of transnational communities, providing a
fertile area for understanding the perspectives of the transmigrants

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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