Languages and Publics: The Making of Authority (Paperback)
  • Languages and Publics: The Making of Authority (Paperback)
zoom

Languages and Publics: The Making of Authority (Paperback)

(author), (author)
£28.99
Paperback 184 Pages / Published: 31/01/2014
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

The essays in this collection examine the public construction of languages, the linguistic construction of publics, and the relationship between these two processes. Cultural categories such as named languages, linguistic standards and genres are the products of expert knowledge as well as of linguistic ideologies more widely shared among speakers. Translation, grammars and dictionaries, the policing of correctness, folklore collections and linguistic academies are all part of the work that produces not only languages but also social groups and spheres of action such as "the public". Such representational processes are the topic of inquiry in this voume. They are explored as crucial aspects of power, figuring among the means for establishing inequality, imposing social hierarchy, and mobilizing political action.

Contributions to this volume investigate two related questions: first, how different images of linguistic phenomena gain social credibility and political influence; and, secondly, the role of linguistic ideology and practices in the making of political authority. Using both historical and ethnographic approaches, they examine empirical cases ranging from small-scale societies to multi-ethnic empire, from nineteenth-century linguistic theories to contemporary mass media, and from Europe to Oceania to the Americas.

Contributors include Susan Gal, Kathryn Woolard, Judith Irvine, Richard Bauman, Michael Silverstein, Jane Hill, Joseph Errington, Bambi Schieffelin, Jacqueline Urla and Ben Lee.

Publisher: St Jerome Publishing
ISBN: 9781900650427
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Will to Power
Added to basket
Through the Language Glass
Added to basket
The Etymologicon
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
An Unkindness of Ravens
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Hardback
Lawyer's Latin
Added to basket
£9.99
Hardback
Mythologies
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Thank You for Arguing
Added to basket
Lost in Translation
Added to basket
The Wee Book a Glesca Banter
Added to basket
How to Argue with a Cat
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
How Language Began
Added to basket
Think Again
Added to basket
Talk on the Wild Side
Added to basket
Have You Eaten Grandma?
Added to basket
Write to the Point
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.