Us and Others

Us and Others : Social identities across languages, discourses and cultures

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It is natural for people to make the distinction between in-group (Us) and out-group members (Others). What is it that brings people together, or keeps them apart? Ethnicity, nationality, professional expertise or life style? And, above all, what is the role of language in communicating solidarity and detachment? The papers in this volume look at the various cognitive, social, and linguistic aspects of how social identities are constructed, foregrounded and redefined in interaction. Concepts and methodologies are taken from studies in language variation and change, multilingualism, conversation analysis, genre analysis, sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, as well as translation studies and applied linguistics. A wide range of languages is brought into focus in a variety of situational, social and discursive environments. The book is addressed to scholars and students of linguistics and related areas of social communication more

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  • Hardback | 525 pages
  • 158.75 x 228.6 x 31.75mm | 839.14g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112055
  • 9781588112057

Table of contents

1. Us and Others: An introduction (by Duszak, Anna); 2. Part I. Discourses in space; 3. Grammar and function of we (by Helmbrecht, Johannes); 4. Between us and them in Chinese: Use of lai (come) and qu (go) in the construction of social identities (by Zhou, Minglang); 5. Viewpoint and in/out-group membership in Japanese (by Kozai, Soichi); 6. The space of identity: A cognitivist approach to 'outsider' discourses (by Chen, Melinda Yuen-ching); 7. Constructing identities in language learning MOOs: A conversational perspective (by Apfelbaum, Birgit); 8. Part II. Discourses in polyphony; 9. Ethnolects as in-group varieties (by Clyne, Michael); 10. The construction of identity and group boundaries in Catalan Spanish (by Sinner, Carsten); 11. Code-switching, code-crossing and identity construction in a society in transition, South Africa (by Kamwangamalu, Nkonko M.); 12. Part III. Discourses of transition; 13. Words and social identities (by Duszak, Anna); 14. Who is 'us' in Russian political discourse (by Pyykko, Riitta); 15. We and They in Polish political discourse: A psychological approach (by Skarzynska, Krystyna); 16. The communicative construction of group identities: A basic mechanism of social categorization (by Hausendorf, Heiko); 17. Part IV. Discourses of fear; 18. Identity by way of demarcation - the discourse on the expansion of the European Union in Austria's leading daily papers (by Brechelmacher, Angelika); 19. Discourse about them: Construction of ethnic identities in Thai print media (by Hongladarom, Krisadawan); 20. Persecution and identity conflicts: The case of German Jews (by Schmid, Monika S.); 21. Strategic alignment in the discourse of Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (by Wagner, Lisa); 22. Part V. Discourses of challenge; 23. Humour as a discursive boundary marker in social interaction (by Holmes, Janet); 24. Complimenting women in Turkish: Gender identity and otherness (by Ruhi, Sukriye); 25. Identity in service interactions: The situated affiliation to social groupings (by Bastos, Liliana Cabral); 26. Part VI. Discourses through suppression; 27. The regime of the Other: 'us' and 'them' in translation (by Tabakowska, Elzbieta); 28. Ideological binarism in the identities of native and non-native English speakers (by Nayar, P. Bhaskaran); 29. The collapse of the us/them structure in persons with brain dysfunctions: A neuropsychological and neurolinguistic perspective (by Pachalska, Maria); 30. List of contributors; 31. Indexshow more