LINGUIST List 18.1702

Tue Jun 05 2007

Books: Sociolinguistics: Riley

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Message 1: Language, Culture and Identity: Riley
Date: 04-Jun-2007
From: Simone Gilson <>
Subject: Language, Culture and Identity: Riley

Title: Language, Culture and Identity Subtitle: An Ethnolinguistic Perspective Series Title: Advances in Sociolinguistics Published: 2007 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Philip Riley Hardback: ISBN: 0826486282 Pages: 274 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0826486290 Pages: 274 Price: U.K. £ 25.00

How language shapes and is shaped by identity is a key topic withinsociolinguistics. An individual's identity is constituted through a varietyof different factors, including the social, linguistic, cultural and ethniccontexts. In this book, Philip Riley looks at these issues against thetheoretical background of the sociology of knowledge, and ethnolinguistics,asking how we learn who we are and how social identities are negotiated.The idea of 'the foreigner' is central to this account, yet traditionalviews of the role of being socially 'other' largely neglect the role oflanguage. Riley bridges this gap by examining problematic aspects ofmultilingual identities, with particular reference to the notions of'ethos' and the 'communicative virtues'.

This engaging analysis of language and social identity will be essentialreading for students of sociolinguistics at undergraduate and postgraduatelevels.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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