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Title: Language, Social Structure, and Culture
Subtitle: A genre analysis of cooking classes in Japan and America
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 109

Comparing Japanese and American interaction, Language, Social Structure,
and Culture argues that language use is instrumental in the construction of
social structure and culture. In order to ground the work in empirical
evidence, verbal interaction in similar situations – Japanese and American
cooking classes – is compared. Unlike other studies of verbal interaction,
a genre analysis approach is used to examine regular patterns at three
levels of language use: interaction, discourse, and grammar. Collectively,
these patterns exhibit both similarities and differences across the classes
in the two cultures, creating the unique event that has been
institutionalized as a cooking class in each culture. In concluding, the
author suggests that genre analysis is a useful approach for cross-cultural
research in that it provides information about situation-specific language
use, but also information about what aspects of linguistic structure are
likely to become conventionalized across languages and cultures, across
situations, and across time.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix–x
Transcription conventions xi
Abbreviations in transcripts xiii
Preliminaries: The relationship between genre, social structure and culture
A closer look at genre and related concepts 17–58
Regularities at the level of interaction: The structure of participation
Regularities at the level of discourse: The content of the talk 109–136
Regularities at the level of grammar: Clause structure and transitivity
Conclusion: A summary of the findings and some issues for further research
Notes 195–203
References 205–218
Index 219–223

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902725351X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xiv, 228 pp.
Prices: AUS$ EUR 85.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113469
ISBN-13: 9781588113467
Pages: xiv, 228 pp.
Prices: U.S.$ 142