Exploring Language in a Multilingual Context: Variation, Interaction and Ideology in Language Documentation by Bettina MiggeExploring Language in a Multilingual Context: Variation, Interaction and Ideology in Language Documentation by Bettina Migge

Exploring Language in a Multilingual Context: Variation, Interaction and Ideology in Language…

byBettina Migge, Isabelle Léglise

Hardcover | December 10, 2012

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Proposing a new methodological approach to documenting languages spoken in multilingual societies, this book retraces the investigation of one unique linguistic space, the Creole varieties referred to as Takitaki in multilingual French Guiana. It illustrates how interactional sociolinguistic, anthropological linguistic, discourse analytical and quantitative sociolinguistic approaches can be integrated with structural approaches to language in order to resolve rarely discussed questions systematically (what are the outlines of the community, who is a rightful speaker, what speech should be documented) that frequently crop up in projects of language documentation in multilingual contexts. The authors argue that comprehensively documenting complex linguistic phenomena requires taking into account the views of all local social actors (native and non native speakers, institutions, linguists, non-speakers etc.), applying a range of complementary data collection and analysis methods and putting issues of ideology, variation, language contact and interaction centre stage. This book will be welcomed by researchers in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, fieldwork studies, language documentation and language variation and change.
Title:Exploring Language in a Multilingual Context: Variation, Interaction and Ideology in Language…Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:369 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:December 10, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521195551

ISBN - 13:9780521195553

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The political, social and linguistic contexts of French Guiana; 3. The Maroons: historical and anthropological notes; 4. What's in the name Takitaki? Investigating linguistic ideologies; 5. The social profiles of some Takitaki speakers: the data for this study; 6. Towards the linguistic structure of Takitaki: an analysis of Takitaki practices; 7. Communicating in Takitaki: Maroons and non-Maroons in interaction; 8. Linguistic practices among urban Maroons; 9. On Takitaki and its insights.

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"Modern sociolinguistics has been focused, from its 20th century beginnings, on variability and diversity in language. From that perspective, Migge and Leglise's book on TakiTaki in French Guiana and Suriname should be of enormous interest to all sociolinguists-not only because of the surprising degree of linguistic heterogeneity it reveals in a region relatively unknown to most linguists, but also because its emergent, ideology and identity-linked character forces the authors to develop new ways of discovering, conceptualizing and studying it from which sociolinguistics (and creole studies) could benefit." --John R. Rickford, J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Linguistics and the Humanities, Stanford University. Author of Dimensions of a Creole Continuum and co-editor of Sociolinguistics and Variation Theory and Language, Culture and Identity in the Caribbean.