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Title: Orthography as Social Action
Subtitle: Scripts, Spelling, Identity and Power
Edited By: Alexandra Jaffe
Jannis K. Androutsopoulos
Mark Sebba
Sally Johnson
Series Title: Language and Social Processes [LSP] 3

The chapters in this edited volume explore the sociolinguistic implications of
orthographic and scriptural practices in a diverse range of communicative
contexts, ranging from schoolrooms to internet discussion boards. The focus
is on the way that scriptural practices both index and constitute social
hierarchies, identities and relationships and in some cases, become the
focus for public language ideological debates. Capitalizing on the now robust
body of literature on orthographic choice and debate in sociolinguistics and
anthropological linguistics, the volume addresses a number of cross-cutting
themes that connect orthographic practices to areas of contemporary interest
in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. These themes include: the
different social implications of self vs. other representation and the
permeability of the personal/social and the public/private; how scriptural
practices ("inscription") serve as sites for social discipline; the historical and
intertextual frameworks for the meaning potentials of orthographic choice
(relating to issues of genre and style); and writing as a broader semiotic field:
the visual and esthetic dimensions of texts and metalinguistic "play" in
spelling and its ambiguous implications for writer stance.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Writing Systems
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781614511038
Pages: 396
Prices: Europe EURO 109.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781614511366
Pages: 396
Prices: Europe EURO 109.95