1. The Socially Charged Life of Language

  1. Laura M. Ahearn

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340563.ch1

Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

How to Cite

Ahearn, L. M. (2011) The Socially Charged Life of Language, in Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340563.ch1

Author Information

  1. Rutgers University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405124409

Online ISBN: 9781444340563

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Keywords:

  • socially charged life of language;
  • language-set of socially embedded practices;
  • social interaction mediated by language-spoken or written, verbal or nonverbal;
  • perspectives of linguistic anthropology-broadening social and cultural issues;
  • linguistic anthropology-inherently social language;
  • speaking-form of social action, cultural resource for people;
  • grammar-part of language's socially charged life;
  • language-socially embedded and culturally influenced;
  • linguistic anthropological terms-multifunctionality, language ideologies, indexicality;
  • language-connecting micro- and macro-level social interactions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • So, What Do You Need to Know in Order to “Know” a Language?

  • So, How Do Linguistic Anthropologists Study Language as Social Action?

  • Key Terms in Linguistic Anthropology

  • The Inseparability of Language, Culture, and Social Relations