Language, Self and Society

Language, Self and Society : A Social History of Language

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The main aim of this volume is to examine the role of written and spoken language in shaping people's sense of reality, the exchanges in social life and in fashioning their sense of self. It develops a socio-historical approach to these issues, offering a range of studies in the social history of language. Following a section on the history of languages such as Latin and Hebrew, it discusses the politics of language, paying special attention to dialect and the relations between the languages of the conquerors and the conquered. In the third section, the relation between forms of expression and the development of personal self-definition is examined.
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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 31.75mm | 703.06g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745607659
  • 9780745607658

Table of contents

Part 1 Authoritative tongues: heu domine, adsunt Turcae, Peter Burke; the uses of Hebrew in the English Revolution, Nigel Smith; from Shibboleth to Apocalypse, Hugh Ormsby-Lennon. Part 2 Language and self-authority: words seldom used, Jo Gladstone; the people's English, Patrick Joyce; languages and conquerors, Victor Kiernan. Part 3 Meaning and self: towards a semiotics of nerve, George Rousseau; "expressing yourself ill", Roy Porter; a general economy of substitutes, Dan Rosenberg. Afterword, Dell Hymes.
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