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Language and Social Relations (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language No. 24) Paperback – January 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0521576857 ISBN-10: 0521576857 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521576857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521576857
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Language and Social Relations is the most comprehensive and broad-ranging synthesis to date of a particular perspective on the study of language use..."
-Kwai Hang Ng, American Journal of Sociology

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Explores the important role of language in various aspects of our social life, such as identity, gender relations, class, kinship, status, and hierarchies. Drawing on authentic data from over thirty different languages and societies, it shows how we use language to formulate and transmit models of social life and conduct.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Clark on November 23, 2009
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Whether you are familiar with linguistic anthropology or not, this book will change the way you approach language and is written in such a coherent way that one can grasp and use the often technical vocabulary included. Agha has a particular insight into the nature of language and its place in society. I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in developing a robust and insightful approach to sociolinguistics or linguistic anthropology.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat on February 9, 2009
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Offers a surprisingly comprehensive view of language in society, one that works in some of the fundamental insights and concepts of linguistic anthropology, like indexicality, performativity, and other buzzwords.

Style is dense but very coherent. Highly recommended.
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