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Title: Us and Others
Subtitle: Social identities across languages, discourses, and cultures
Edited By: Anna Duszak
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series

It is natural for people to make the distinction between in-group (Us) and out-group members (Others). What is it that brings people together, or keeps them apart? Ethnicity, nationality, professional expertise or life style? And, above all, what is the role of language in communicating solidarity and detachment?
The papers in this volume look at the various cognitive, social, and linguistic aspects of how social identities are constructed, foregrounded and redefined in interaction. Concepts and methodologies are taken from studies in language variation and change, multilingualism, conversation analysis, genre analyisis, sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, as well as translation studies and applied linguistics. A wide range of languages is brough into focus in a variety of situational, social and discursive environments. The book is addressed to scholars and students of linguistics and related areas of social communication studies.

Table of Contents

Us and Others: An introduction
Anna Duszak
Part I. Discourses in space
Grammar and function of we
Johannes Helmbrecht
US and THEM in Chinese: Use of lai (come) and qu (go) in the construction of social identities
Minglang Zhou
Viewpoint and in/out-group membership in Japanese
Soichi Kozai
The space of identity: A cognitivist approach to ‘outsider’ discourses
Melinda Yuen-ching Chen
Constructing identities in language learning MOOs --- A conversational perspective
Birgit Apfelbaum
Part II. Discourses in polyphony
Ethnolects as in-group varieties
Michael G. Clyne, Edina Eisikovits and Laura Tollfree
The construction of identity and group boundaries in Catalan Spanish
Carsten Sinner
Code-switching, code-crossing and identity construction in a society in transition, South Africa
Nkonko Kamwangamalu
Part III. Discourses of transition
Words and social identities
Anna Duszak
Who is ‘we’ in Russian political discourse
Riitta Pyykkö
WE and THEY in Polish political discourse: A psychological approach
Krystyna Skarzynska
The communicative construction of group identities: A basic mechanism of social categorization
Heiko Hausendorf and Wolfgang Kesselheim
Part IV.Discourses of fear
Identity by way of demarcation --- the discourse on the expansion of the European Union in Austria’s leading daily papers
Angelika Brechelmacher
Discourse about them: Construction of ethnic identities in Thai print media
Krisadawan Hongladarom
Persecution and identity conflicts --- the case of German Jews
Monika S. Schmid
Strategic alignment in the discourse of Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
Lisa Wagner
Part V. Discourses of challenge
Humour as a discursive boundary marker in social interaction
Janet Holmes and Meredith Marra
Complimenting women in Turkish: Gender identity and otherness
Sükriye Ruhi
Identity in service interactions: The situated affiliation to social groupings
Liliana Cabral Bastos
Part VI. Discourses through suppression
The regime of the Other: ‘us’ and ‘them’ in translation
Elzbieta Tabakowska
Ideological binarism in the identities of native and non-native English speakers
Bhaskaran Nayar
The collapse of the us/them structure in persons with brain dysfunctions: a neuropsychological and neurolinguistic perspective
Maria Pachalska and Bruce D. Macueen
List of contributors

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112055
ISBN-13: 9781588112057
Pages: viii, 522 pp.
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