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Schieffelin, Bambi B., Kathryn Woolard and Paul Kroskrity, eds. 1998. Language ideologies: Practice and theory. (Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics 16). Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. xiii + 338 pp.
Book – edited volume
"Language ideologies" are cultural representations, whether explicit or implicit, of the intersection of language and human beings in a social world. Mediating between social structures and forms of talk, such ideologies are not only about language. Rather, they link language to identity, power, aesthetics, morality and epistemology. Through such linkages, language ideologies underpin not only linguistic form and use, but also significant social institutions and fundamental nottions of person and community. The essays in this new volume examine definitions and conceptions of language in a wide range of societies around the world. Contributors focus on how such defining activity organizes language use as well as institutions such as religious ritual, gender relations, the nation-state, schooling, and law. Beginning with an introductory survey of language ideology as a field of inquiry, the volume is organized in three parts. Part I, "Scope and Force of Dominant Conceptions of Language," focuses on the propensity of cultural models of language developed in one social domain to affect linguistic and social behavior across domains. Part II, "Language Ideology in Institutions of Power," continues the examination of the force of specific language beliefs, but narrows the scope to the central role that language ideologies play in the functioning of particular institutions of power such as schooling, the law, or mass media. Part III, "Multiplicity and Contention among Ideologies," emphasizes the existence of variability, contradiction, and struggles among ideologies within any given society. This will be the first collection of work to appear in this rapidly growing field, which bridges linguistic and social theory. It will greatly interest linguistic anthropologists, social and cultural anthropologists, sociolinguists, historians, cultural studies, communications, and folklore scholars.
Articles in this volume
Urla, Jacqueline. 2001. Review of B.B. Schieffelin, K.A. Woolard & P.V. Kroskrity (eds.) (1998: 'Language ideologies: Practice and theory').. Language in Society 30 (1) : 100–103.
Joseph, John E. 1999. Review of B.B. Schieffelin, K.A. Woolard and P.V. Kroskrity (eds.) (1998: 'Language Ideologies: Practice and Theory').. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 20 (3) : 253–255.
Lemon, Alaina. 2000. Review of B.B. Schieffelin, K.A Woolard, and P.V. Kroskrity (1998: 'Language Ideologies: Practice and Theory').. Anthropological Linguistics 42 (2) : 293–294.
Wortham, Stanton. 1999. Review of B.B. Schieffelin, K.A. Woolard and P.V. Kroskrity (1998: 'Language Ideologies: Practice and Theory').. Discourse Studies 1 (4) : 508–510.