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Books: Sociolinguistics: Goebel

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Language, Migration, and Identity: Goebel

Message 1: Language, Migration, and Identity: Goebel
Date: 11-Aug-2010
From: Daniel Davies <>
Subject: Language, Migration, and Identity: Goebel
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Title: Language, Migration, and Identity Subtitle: Neighborhood Talk in Indonesia Published: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Zane Goebel Hardback: ISBN: 9780521519915 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 55.00

While much scholarship has been devoted to the interplay between language,identity and social relationships, we know less about how this plays outinteractionally in diverse transient settings. Based on research in Indonesia,this book examines how talk plays an important role in mediating socialrelations in two urban spaces where linguistic and cultural diversity isthe norm and where distinctions between newcomers and old timers changesregularly. How do people who do not share expectations about how theyshould behave build new expectations through participating in conversation?

Starting from a view of language-society dynamics as enregisterment, ZaneGoebel uses interactional sociolinguistics and the ethnography ofcommunication to explore how language is used in this contact setting tobuild and present identities, expectations and social relations. It will bewelcomed by researchers and students working in the fields of linguisticanthropology, sociolinguistics, the anthropology of migration and Asianstudies.

- Sets out key terms from recent thinking in semiotics, linguisticanthropologyand sociocultural theory- Provides a new theoretical complex for looking at code-switching- Highlights at the end of each chapter show how the discussion can informresearch in diverse and changing multilingual settings


1. Introduction;2. Long term processes of enregisterment;3. Enregistering local practices and local spaces;4. Linguistic signs, alternation, crossing and adequation;5. Women, narratives, identity and expectations in Ward 8;6. Learning to become a good ward member;7. Emerging identities in a monthly Ward 8 male meeting;8. Chineseness as deviance;9. Language ideologies and practice in Ward 5;10. Conclusions.

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

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