LINGUIST List 30.4632

Fri Dec 06 2019

Books: Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture: Evans (ed.)

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Date: 25-Nov-2019
From: Lianna Iwanikiw <>
Subject: Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture: Evans (ed.)
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Title: Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture
Published: 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Editor: David Evans
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350023000 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 31.30 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350023024 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 31.30 Comment: ePDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350023017 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781350141629 Pages: 296 Price: U.K. £ 28.99

Language is integral to the construction of personal, socio-cultural and socio-political identities. "Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture" closely investigates the relationship between language and identities, offering a comprehensive yet progressive view of how linguistics relates to development and education, both in theoretical and real world applications.

Progressing from a theoretical core examining the connection between language and individual identity, this book moves on to look at the wider socio-political discourse involving the marginalization and resistance of communities in the world. Beginning with the philosophical paradigms of language, Evans questions whether language shapes personal identities in its daily use or whether language is simply a tool for describing, rather than creating, the world. Extrapolating on this, the contributors utilise case studies from across the globe to see how these linguistic perspectives are played out in the real world, considering the role of language in issues surrounding power, colonization, marginalization and education.

"Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture" offers a view of language identity conflicts around the world and an understanding of the opportunities of political and cultural emancipation created through language and open discourse.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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