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Language/s Language/s in in everyday life everyday life Anthrcul/Amcult/Ling 461 Anthrcul/Amcult/Ling 461 2/13/08 2/13/08
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“The role or function of language in social life is all based on the fact that linguistic - and dependent cultural – “texts” project (or index) the metaphorically “surrounding” contexts in which they by degrees “appropriately” occur, as well as project (index) the contexts that, by their occurrence, they have “effectively” brought into being.” Michael Silverstein, 1999
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Ethnography of Speaking Ethnography of Speaking Language as social action Speech/speaking, talk/talking Context Speech community Speech act, speech event Competence Method
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Language as action Language as action Directives Religious language (chants) Code-switching “Mock” Spanish Formal vs. informal styles In what ways are such linguistic acts significant beyond the referential?
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Context Context “In order to understand the function and significance of language as social action in the everyday lives of people… it is necessary to address the ‘context of situation,’ which must burst the bounds of mere linguistics.” Bronislaw Malinowski, 1923
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