A Linguistic Anthropology of Praxis and Language Shift: Arvanitika (Albanian) and Greek in Contact

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

byLukas D. Tsitsipis

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Lukas D. Tsitsipis explores a case of linguistic shift in the Balkans. He focuses on Arvanitika, an Albanian variety spoken in Greece which is under threat through a process of attrition. Various factors relating the linguistic to the non-linguistic aspects of the shift are examined in detail.The emphasis is on both the macro-processes responsible for the shift as they emerge from the broader sociopolitical conditions of the Greek nation-state, and on the local communities' discourse as a complex response to these forces. Pragmatic aspects of discourse, power relations, the surfacing oflinguistic ideology, and aspects of performance all figure prominently in a synthesis which shows that speakers are active respondents to social and political pressures. The author derives his inspiration from theoretical and methodological traditions in linguistic anthropology, but with politicaltheory becomes as a central concern. In a period when linguistic anthropology is becoming reflexive and facing its social responsibilities, language shift is a locus for critical reflection: discourse about languages is ultimately discourse about human beings and the political process. Series Information Series Editor: Professor Suzanne Romaine, Merton College, University of Oxford Series ISBN: 0-19-961466-0 Series Description: Most of the world's speech communities are multilingual, and contact between languages is thus an important force in the everyday lives of most people. Studies of language contact should therefore form an integral part of work in theoretical, social, and historical linguistics. This series makesavailable a collection of research monographs which present case studies of language contact around the world. As well as providing an indispensable source of data for the serious researcher, it contributes significantly to theoretical developments in the field.

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Lukas D. Tsitsipis explores a case of linguistic shift in the Balkans. He focuses on Arvanitika, an Albanian variety spoken in Greece which is under threat through a process of attrition. Various factors relating the linguistic to the non-linguistic aspects of the shift are examined in detail.The emphasis is on both the macro-processes...

Lukas D. Tsitsipis is a Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Theoretical Discussion and Research Focus2. On the Politics of Change3. On Sociolinguistic Change4. Performance and Ethnohistory5. The Contextualization of Terminal-Speaker Discourse and the Production of an Across the Border Voice: Beyond Grammar6. The Coding of Linguistic Ideology and Arvanitika Linguistic Ideology7. Concluding Remarks on Ideology and Shift: Language Ideology as a Discursive and Reconstructible Phenomenon

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`The author's expert use of tools developed in disciplines like ethnography of speaking, linguistic ideology, Bakhtinian polyphonic discourse and the theory of narrative performance makes his approach to an issue of traditional interest to Balkanology quite innovative and promising.'Olga M. Mladenova, University of Calgary