LINGUIST List 28.659

Thu Feb 02 2017

Books: Conversational structures of Alto Perené (Arawak) of Peru: Mihas

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Date: 02-Feb-2017
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Subject: Conversational structures of Alto Perené (Arawak) of Peru: Mihas
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Title: Conversational structures of Alto Perené (Arawak) of Peru
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 181
Published: 2017
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Elena Mihas
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027266118 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027266118 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027266118 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027259462 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027259462 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027259462 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30

Drawing on extensive fieldwork in the research community, the book is a focused exploration of discourse patterns of Alto Perené Arawak, with emphasis on conversational structures. The book’s methodological scaffold is based on proposals and insights from multiple research fields, such as comparative conversation analysis, sociology, interactional linguistics, documentary linguistics, anthropological linguistics, and prosodic typology. The interactional patterns of a small Arawak language of Peru are shown to share the common infrastructure reported in the organization of conversation across other languages and cultures. Yet the analysis demonstrates a variety of unique nuances in the organization of interactional behavior of Alto Perené Arawak participants. The peculiarities observed are attributed to the language-specific semiotic resources and participants’ orientation to the local cultural norms. The book’s structured examination of conversational data of a small indigenous language of South America is anticipated to be of utility to linguistic research on understudied non-Western languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Arawak (arw)

Written In: English (eng)

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