LINGUIST List 23.2863

Wed Jun 27 2012

Books: Orthography as Social Action: Jaffe, Androutsopoulos, Sebba, Johnson (Eds)

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Date: 27-Jun-2012
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Subject: Orthography as Social Action: Jaffe, Androutsopoulos, Sebba, Johnson (Eds)
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Title: Orthography as Social Action Subtitle: Scripts, Spelling, Identity and Power Series Title: Language and Social Processes [LSP] 3 Published: 2012 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Editor: Alexandra Jaffe Editor: Jannis K. Androutsopoulos Editor: Mark Sebba Editor: Sally Johnson Electronic: ISBN: 9781614511038 Pages: 396 Price: Europe EURO 109.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781614511366 Pages: 396 Price: Europe EURO 109.95

The chapters in this edited volume explore the sociolinguistic implications oforthographic and scriptural practices in a diverse range of communicativecontexts, ranging from schoolrooms to internet discussion boards. The focusis on the way that scriptural practices both index and constitute socialhierarchies, identities and relationships and in some cases, become thefocus for public language ideological debates. Capitalizing on the now robustbody of literature on orthographic choice and debate in sociolinguistics andanthropological linguistics, the volume addresses a number of cross-cuttingthemes that connect orthographic practices to areas of contemporary interestin sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. These themes include: thedifferent social implications of self vs. other representation and thepermeability of the personal/social and the public/private; how scripturalpractices ("inscription") serve as sites for social discipline; the historical andintertextual 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" inspelling and its ambiguous implications for writer stance.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics                             Historical Linguistics                             Sociolinguistics                             Writing Systems
Written In: English (eng)

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