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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: 9780521576857
ISBN-10: 0521576857
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 446
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Asif Agha

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

Books By Author Asif Agha

Language and Social Relations by Asif Agha

Language and Social Relations

Hardback, November 2006
$157.50