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Intertexts: Writings on Language, Utterance, and Context

Intertexts: Writings on Language, Utterance, and Context

Paperback Language, Culture & Society S.

By (author) William F. Hanks

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  • Publisher: ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 227mm x 18mm | 426g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0847687414
  • ISBN 13: 9780847687411
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,644,684

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Over the past two decades, William Hanks has explored the dynamics of verbal interaction, and how speakers and listeners make meaning through language. With equal commitment to theory and empirical description, Hanks' writings combine analyses of linguistic form, speech processes, and sociocultural context. His work is marked by a commitment to interdisciplinary research, starting with his joint training in linguistics and anthropology, and increasingly integrating elements from philosophy, literary theory, and history. This book brings together papers written over the last decade, organized around the three central themes that have been emerged in Hanks' work: indexicality and referential practices; discourse genres and textuality; and the historical embeddedness of language. Together, they present the main elements of a coherent, synthetic approach to language in context. The linguistic, ethnographic, and historical material through which Hanks argues his approach come from his field research among maya speakers in Yucatan, Mexico, and from archival work on the historical development of Maya discourse under Spanish colonial rule. Several of the papers originally appeared in journals and edited volumes abroad and appear here for the first time in English.

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William F. Hanks, Berkeley Distinguished Chair in Linguistic Anthropology and Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of Language and Communicative Practices and other noted works on language.

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The book certainly deserves a wider circulation as its every chapter could evoke and provoke a vivid discussion. Anthropos

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Indexicality and Referential Practices Chapter 3 Extract from Referencial Practice: Language and Lived Space among the Maya (1990) Chapter 4 Metalanguage and Pragmatics of Deixis (1993) Part 5 Genre and Textuality Chapter 6 Authenticity and Ambivalence in the Text: A Colonial Maya Case (1986) Chapter 7 Discourse Genres in a Theory of Practice (1987) Chapter 8 Text and Texuality (1989) Part 9 Meaning in History Chapter 10 The Five Gourds of Memory (1993) Chapter 11 Copresence and Alterity in Maya Ritual Practice (1993) Chapter 12 Intertextuality of Space in Colonial Yucatan (1992) Chapter 13 Language and Discourse in Colonial Yucatan (1996)