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Title: Language as a Local Practice
URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/Language-as-a-Local-Practice-isbn9780415547512
Description:

Language as a Local Practice addresses the questions of language, locality
and practice as a way of moving forward in our understanding of how
language operates as an integrated social and spatial activity.

By taking each of these three elements – language, locality and practice –
and exploring how they relate to each other, Language as a Local Practice
opens up new ways of thinking about language. It questions assumptions
about languages as systems or as countable entities, and suggests instead
that language emerges from the activities it performs. To look at language
as a practice is to view language as an activity rather than a structure,
as something we do rather than a system we draw on, as a material part of
social and cultural life rather than an abstract entity.

Language as a Local Practice draws on a variety of contexts of language
use, from bank machines to postcards, Indian newspaper articles to
fish-naming in the Philippines, urban graffiti to mission statements,
suggesting that rather than thinking in terms of language use in context,
we need to consider how language, space and place are related, how language
creates the contexts where it is used, how languages are the products of
socially located activities and how they are part of the action.

Language as a Local Practice will be of interest to students on advanced
undergraduate and post graduate courses in Applied Linguistics, Language
Education, TESOL, Literacy and Cultural Studies.

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Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Ling & Literature
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ISBN: 0415547504
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Pages: 176
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ISBN: 0415547512
ISBN-13: 9780415547512
Pages: 176
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