Language and Food

Verbal and nonverbal experiences

Polly E. Szatrowski | University of Minnesota
ISBN 9789027256430 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027270887 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book investigates the intricate interplay between language and food in natural conversations among people eating and talking about food in English, Japanese, Wolof, Eegimaa, Danish, German, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. It is a socio-cultural/ linguistic study of how adults/ children organize their language and bodies to (1) accomplish rituals and performances of commensality (eating together) and food-related actions, (2) taste, describe, identify and assess food, and influence others’ preferences, (3) create and reinforce individual and group identities through past experiences and stories about food, and (4) socialize one another to food practices, affect, taste, gender and health norms. Using approaches from linguistics, conversation analysis, ethnography, discursive psychology, and linguistic anthropology, this book elucidates the dynamic verbal and nonverbal co-construction of food practices, assessments, categories, and identities in conversations over and about food, and contributes to research on contextualized social, cultural, and cognitive activity, language and food, and cross-cultural understanding.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 238] 2014.  vi, 318 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Treating food as inextricably intertwined with culture, language, and social relations, Language and Food provides a unique exploration of cutting-edge contemporary scholarship. Making use of a range of research methodologies, including embodied language this book provides tantalizing food for thought about how diverse peoples of the world socialize taste, constitute their identity, and perform interpersonal rituals that sustain the social order through talk about food.”
“Focused on the language pragmatics surrounding meals and food talk in several cultures, this fine collection of articles includes many devoted to the intersections among Japanese linguistic behavior and the social processes surrounding food: ritual and commensality, the fine points of ordering sushi, discussions of seasonality and the celebration of birthdays and holidays, and the socialization of children learning to eat (and talk) properly. This volume is aimed at a linguistic audience, and anthropologists and others interested in how Japanese food and culture are expressed in daily life will find it immensely fascinating.”
“Eating, particularly eating together, is much more than the consumption of food. It means bodily experience, it may mean excitement or disgust, and it means sociability. While having a meal together, we display identities and socialize our children. What food is and what it means to us emerges to a large degree through the language and the linguistic practices we employ while eating, when preparing or ordering food, and when talking about food experiences. This book offers a fascinating selection of empirically rich studies from different cultures focusing on these linguistic practices and resources, thereby paving the way for a new field of study at the intersection between language and culture.”
“While the study of language in the past has tended to focus on lexical semantics, the papers in this volume show how language plays a central role in making eating a means for rituals and socialization, and gives a cultural value to eating. Language and Food is an excellent study that opens up a new approach to our verbal and nonverbal sensory experiences of food based on analyses of everyday interaction in spontaneous conversations on and over food.”
“An excellent and wide-ranging contribution to an understudied problem: how we talk about food across languages and what it tells us about identity, socialization, ritual, and the organization of talk.”
“A particular strength of the volume is its treatment of non-verbal communication in food-related settings, especially when describing, identifying and assessing food, as well as in rituals and performances related to food, child socialization and food conversation analyses.”
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2022. Introduction to the volume. In The Language of Food in Japanese [Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research, 25],  pp. 2 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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