Language and Social Relations by Asif Agha
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Language and Social Relations
By Asif Agha

Language and Social Relations

Structure, Use and Social Significance

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Language and Social Relations by Asif Agha

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Language is closely linked to our social relationships and is the medium through which we participate in a variety of social activities. This fascinating study 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 data from over thirty different languages and societies, it shows how language is more than simply a form of social action; it is also an effective tool with which we formulate models of social life and conduct. These models - or particular forms of social behaviour - are linked to the classification of 'types' of action or actor, and are passed 'reflexively' from person to person, and from generation to generation. Providing a unified way of accounting for a variety of social phenomena, this book will be welcomed by all those interested in the interaction between language, culture, and society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521571760
ISBN-10: 0521571766
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Provides a way of accounting for the relationship between language and a variety of social phenomena.

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Author Biography - Asif Agha

Asif Agha is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.

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