Person Reference in Interaction
Linguistic, Cultural and Social Perspectives
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Person Reference in Interaction by N. J. Enfield
Book DescriptionHow do we refer to people in everyday conversation? No matter the language or culture, we must choose from a range of options: full name ('Robert Smith'), reduced name ('Bob'), description ('tall guy'), kin term ('my son') etc. Our choices reflect how we know that person in context, and allow us to take a particular perspective on them. This book brings together a team of leading linguists, sociologists and anthropologists to show that there is more to person reference than meets the eye. Drawing on video-recorded, everyday interactions in nine languages, it examines the fascinating ways in which we exploit person reference for social and cultural purposes, and reveals the underlying principles of person reference across cultures from the Americas to Asia to the South Pacific. Combining rich ethnographic detail with cross-linguistic generalizations, it will be welcomed by researchers and graduate students interested in the relationship between language and culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521872454
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author N. J. Enfield
Utility of Meaning, Hardback (January 2015)
This book argues that the complex, anthropocentric, and often culture-specific meanings of words have been shaped directly by their history of 'utility' for communication in social life, and explores relations between language, communication, culture, and mind. It contains extensive data from the author's fieldwork on language and culture in Laos.
Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology, Hardback (September 2014)
An essential reference guide, this state-of-the-field survey covers a wide range of topics, approaches and theories in linguistic anthropology.
Relationship Thinking, Hardback (December 2013)
In Relationship Thinking, N. J. Enfield outlines a framework for analyzing social interaction and its linguistic, cultural, and cognitive underpinnings, by putting human relationships front and center.
Anatomy of Meaning, Paperback (October 2012)» View all books by N. J. Enfield
This study examines how words combine with hand gestures and other bodily movements to create unified 'composite utterances'.
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Author Biography - N. J. Enfield
Nick Enfield is a scientific staff member in the Language and Cognition Group of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. Tanya Stivers is a scientific staff member in the Language and Cognition Group of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen.
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