Language and Identity: Discourse in the World (Hardback)David Evans (editor)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm
This book is brought together by its authors' fascinating discussions of culture ... [Part 1] provides a useful overview of core theoretical concepts explaining the relationship between language and identity. Part 2 delivers an accessible and very interesting account of the sociolinguistics of globalisation and multilingualism, whilst those hoping to learn more about the relationship between identity and second-language learning will certainly benefit from the chapters in Part 3. * Discourse & Society *
This volume has synthesized and compiled a diversified body of research supported by accessible writing styles ... A valuable reference for readers in anthropological linguistics, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis, especially those engaging with topics related to linguistic and cultural minorities. * Linguist List *
[This] publication with its wide scope of topics and its vast range including highly theoretical articles as well as decidedly practice-oriented ones, represents an informative book for all those who are interested in the language learner and the language teacher, and the identities they adopt in the (different) process(es) of language acquisition ... The editor's and the authors' courage to tackle it anew is a justified - and successful - attempt to give it new impulses and new research orientations. * Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching *
While language conveys information it does much more than that; it shapes the very information it conveys. It also shapes and reflects identities. Language determines how people see themselves and how they are seen by others. Language can both create identity and well as constrain it. This important book gives voice to linguistic and cultural minorities. It contains an inspiring range of discussions of how communities can navigate their way between languages and cultures and how, by adopting a critical pedagogy, people can revitalize and develop self-esteem and pride in their identities. -- Andy Kirkpatrick, Chair Professor of Linguistics, Griffith University, Australia
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