Stance: Sociolinguistic Perspectives

Paperback | September 12, 2012

byAlexandra Jaffe

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All communication involves acts of stance, in which speakers take up positions vis-a-vis the expressive, referential, interactional and social implications of their speech. This book brings together contributions in a new and dynamic current of academic explorations of stancetaking as asociolinguistic phenomenon. Drawing on data from such diverse contexts as advertising, tourism, historical texts, naturally occurring conversation, classroom interaction and interviews, leading authors in the field of sociolinguistics in this volume explore how linguistic stancetaking is implicatedin the representation of self, personal style and acts of stylization, and self- and other-positioning. The analyses also focus on how speakers deploy and take up stances vis-a-vis sociolinguistic variables and the critical role of stance in the processes of indexicalization: how linguistic forms come to be associated with social categories and meanings. In doing so, many of the authors addresscritical issues of power and social reproduction, examining how stance is implicated in the production, reproduction and potential change of social and linguistic hierarchies and ideologies. This volume maps out the terrain of existing sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological research onstance, synthesizes how it relates to existing theoretical orientations, and identifies a framework for future research.

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All communication involves acts of stance, in which speakers take up positions vis-a-vis the expressive, referential, interactional and social implications of their speech. This book brings together contributions in a new and dynamic current of academic explorations of stancetaking as asociolinguistic phenomenon. Drawing on data from s...

Alexandra Jaffe is Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, CSU Long Beach. She is the author of Ideologies in Action: Language Politics in Corsica.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alexandra Jaffe: Introduction: The Sociolinguistics of Stance2. Barbara Johnstone: Stance, Style, and the Linguistic Individual3. Judith Irvine: How Mr. Taylor Lost His Footing: Stance in a Colonial Encounter4. Janet McIntosh: Stance and Distance: Social Boundaries, Self-lamination and Metalinguistic Anxiety in White Kenyan Narratives about the African Occult5. Robin Shoaps: Moral Irony and Moral Personhood in Sakapultek Discourse and Culture6. Alexandra Jaffe: Stance in a Corsican school: Institutional and Ideological Orders and the production of Bilingual Subjects7. Mary Bucholtz: From Stance to Style: Gender, Interaction, and Indexicality in Mexican Immigrant Youth Slang8. Scott Kiesling: Style as Stance: Stance as the Explanation for Patterns of Sociolinguistic Variation9. Adam Jaworski and Crispin Thurlow: Taking an Elitist Stance: Ideology and the Discursive Production of Social Distinction10. Justine Coupland and Nikolas Coupland: Attributing Stance in Discourses of Body Shape and Weight Loss