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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

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Academic Paper

Title: Culture inside: Scale, intimacy, and chronotopic stance in situated narratives
Author: Sonya Pritzker
Author: Sabina Perrino
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: This article focuses on what we define as scalar intimacy in the stories people tell about their embodied experience as sociohistorical beings. Our analysis, based on ethnographic studies in Northern Italy (Perrino) and Beijing, China (Pritzker), examines the ways in which speech participants draw upon various discursive strategies to ‘zoom in’ and ‘pan out’ of both time and space, placing themselves and their activities in relation to various people, ideologies, and practices. Scalar intimacy, we argue, provides a novel framework for understanding the multiple ways in which people use language to scale their embodied experience in relation to culturally situated ideas and forms. Scalar intimacy thus extends the study of scales and fractal recursivity in linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics. It also contributes to scholarship focusing on how culturally situated meanings are reproduced and challenged over time through specific interactions.


This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 50, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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