LINGUIST List 31.2858

Mon Sep 21 2020

Books: Saying and Doing in Zapotec: Sicoli

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Date: 12-Aug-2020
From: Lianna Iwanikiw <>
Subject: Saying and Doing in Zapotec: Sicoli
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Title: Saying and Doing in Zapotec
Subtitle: Multimodality, Resonance, and the Language of Joint Actions
Series Title: Bloomsbury Studies in Linguistic Anthropology
Published: 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Mark A. Sicoli
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350142183 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 76.50 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350142176 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 76.50 Comment: ePDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350142169 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 85.00

A multimodal ethnography of language as living process, this book demonstrates methods for the integrated analysis of talk, gesture, and material culture, developing a fresh way to understand human language through a focus on jointly achieved social actions to which it is part. Based on findings from a participatory, multimedia language documentation project in a highland Zapotec community of Oaxaca, Mexico, Mark A. Sicoli brings together goals of documentary linguistics and anthropological concern with the everyday means and ends of human social life with theoretical consequences for the analysis of linguistic and cultural reproduction and change.

This book argues that resonances emergent in the whole of multiparticipant, multimodal interaction, are organizational of human social-cognitive process important for understanding both the shape linguistic utterances take in interaction (dialogic resonance) and the relationships built between distinct sign modes (intermodal resonance). In this way, "Saying and Doing in Zapotec" develops a new theory, characterizing the logic of resonance in human interaction as semiotic process that connects and juxtaposes interactional moves into assemblages of relations, resonances and collaborations that build an emergent lifeworld for a language.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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