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Journal Title: Language in Society
Volume/Issue:   37/1
Date: 2008
Table of Contents: Referent-wrecking in Korowai: A New Guinea abuse register as ethnosemiotic protest
by Rupert Stasch
pp 1-25

Aneta Pavlenko, Emotions and Multilingualism
reviewed by Claire Kramsch
pp 115-118

Judith Felson Duchan and Dana Kovarsky (eds.), Diagnosis as cultural practice
reviewed by Ellen Barton
pp 119-123

Bernard Spolsky, Language policy
reviewed by Richard B. Baldauf Jr., Minglin Li
pp 123-126

Karen Risager, Language and culture: Global flows and local complexity
reviewed by Neeta Bhasin
pp 127-131

Dagmar Dueber, Nigerian Pidgin English: Language contact, variation and change in an African urban setting
reviewed by Shelome Gooden-France
pp 131-134

Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, Marjatta Palander, and Esa Penttilä (eds.), Dialects across borders
reviewed by Matthew K Gordon
pp 134-137

Ken Hyland, Metadiscourse: Exploring interaction in writing
reviewed by Geoffrey Thompson
pp 138-141

Joseph A. Foley (ed.), Language, education and discourse: Functional approaches
reviewed by Mary J. Schleppegrell
pp 141-144

Albert Valdman, Julie Auger, and Deborah Piston-Hatlen (eds.), Le Français en Amérique du Nord: État présent
reviewed by Anthony Lodge
pp 144-147

Louise J. Ravelli and Robert A. Ellis (eds.), Analysing academic writing: Contextual frameworks
by Rodica Albu
pp 149-149

Mark R. V. Southern, Contagious couplings: Transmission of expressives in Yiddish echo phrases
by Eirlys Edwina Davies
pp 150-151

Andrew Cowell and Alonzo Moss, Sr. (eds.), Arapaho historical traditions told by Paul Moss
by Eirlys Edwina Davies
pp 150-150

Anna Fenyvesi (ed.), Hungarian language contact outside Hungary: Studies on Hungarian as a minority language
by Julia Deák Sandler
pp 151-152

C. Paulin (ed.), Multiculturalisme, multilinguisme et milieu urbain
by Sylvie Roy
pp 152-153

Valerie E. Besag, Understanding girls' friendships, fights and feuds: A practical approach to girls' bullying
by Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo
pp 153-154

Ruth Mace, Clare J. Holden and Stephen Shennan (eds.), The evolution of cultural diversity: A phylogenetic approach
by Anthony P. Grant
pp 154-155

Elisabeth Le, The spiral ‘anti-Other rhetoric’: Discourses of identity and the international media echo
by Aleksandar Čarapić
pp 155-155

Richard Hogg and David Denison (eds.), A history of the English language
by Ahmad M. Saidat
pp 156-156

Language testing and citizenship: A language ideological debate in Sweden
by Tommaso M. Milani
pp 27-59

"To all the former cats and stomps of the Navajo Nation:" Performance, the individual, and cultural poetic traditions
by Anthony K. Webster
pp 61-89

Scientizing Bangladeshi psychiatry: Parallelism, enregisterment, and the cure for a magic complex
by James M. Wilce
pp 91-114

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
History of Linguistics
LL Issue: 19.277