LINGUIST List 32.2741

Wed Aug 25 2021

Books: The Transformative Materiality of Meaning-Making: Parkin

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Date: 25-Aug-2021
From: Flo McClelland <flomultilingual-matters.com>
Subject: The Transformative Materiality of Meaning-Making: Parkin
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Title: The Transformative Materiality of Meaning-Making
Series Title: Encounters
Published: 2021
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
                http://www.multilingual-matters.com/

Book URL: https://www.multilingual-matters.com/page/detail/?K=9781800411463

Author: David Parkin
Hardback: ISBN: 9781800411470 Pages: 400 Price: U.S. $ 149.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781800411470 Pages: 400 Price: U.K. £ 134.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781800411463 Pages: 400 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781800411463 Pages: 400 Price: U.K. £ 34.95
Abstract:

This book explores verbal and non-verbal communication from a social anthropological viewpoint, drawing on ethnographic data from fieldwork in East Africa. It gives an overview of developments since the 1960s in the anthropology of language use and how these have influenced the author’s thinking. The volume makes the argument that language and other forms of communication involve semiotic transactions between interlocuters; that such communicative exchanges do more than convey information; and that they give identity to the recipients of such transactions who reciprocate by defining speakers. The density and situational totality of such semiotic exchange can moreover be regarded as a kind of materiality, both in terms of their impact on social interaction and in how interlocuters interact bodily as well as verbally among themselves.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Applied Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (eng)

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