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Title: Stance
Subtitle: Sociolinguistic Perspectives
Edited By: Alexandra Jaffe
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0195331648
ISBN-13: 9780195331646
Pages: 336
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