Positioning the Self and Others

Linguistic perspectives

ORCID logoKate Beeching | University of the West of England
Chiara Ghezzi | Università degli Studi di Bergamo
ORCID logoPiera Molinelli | Università degli Studi di Bergamo
ISBN 9789027201126 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027263797 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Though positioning has been addressed in social psychology and in identity construction, less attention has been paid to the specific linguistic markers which are drawn upon in discourse to position the self and other(s). This volume focusses on address terms, pragmatic markers, code switching/choice and orthography, the indexicalities of which are explored in different communicative activities.
The volume is unusual in: i) the range of languages which are covered: Bergamasco, Brazilian Portuguese, English, Finnish, French, Georgian, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish and Swedish; ii) the inclusion of different communicative settings and text-types: workplace emails, everyday and institutional conversations, interviews, migrant narratives, radio phone-ins, dyadic and group settings, road-signs, service encounters; iii) its consideration of both synchronic and diachronic factors; iv) its mix of theoretical and methodological approaches.
The volume illustrates some of the linguistic means speakers draw on to position themselves and others and hopes to stimulate further research studies in this vein.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 292] 2018.  vi, 316 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“In Positioning the Self and Others, Beeching, Ghezzi and Molinelli bring into conversation a dozen substantial, well-designed projects about the linguistic indexing of positioning, subjectivity and identity. Authors take detailed looks at a wide variety of linguistic variables, from choices about what pronouns to use to choices about what language to use. I enthusiastically recommend this collection of state-of-the-art research.”
“With its wide scope and range of theoretical and methodological perspectives on positioning, and its coverage of a great variety of languages as well as geographical and situational settings and contexts, the book ''Positioning the Self and Others'' provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the current state of research on its topic and pivotal concept.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018015662 | Marc record