15.2275, Books: Sociolinguistics: Lefkowitz

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Subject: 15.2275, Books: Sociolinguistics: Lefkowitz

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Date:  Mon, 9 Aug 2004 12:18:20 -0400 (EDT)
From:  jared.wright at oup.com
Subject:  Words and Stones: Lefkowitz

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Date:  Mon, 9 Aug 2004 12:18:20 -0400 (EDT)
From:  jared.wright at oup.com
Subject:  Words and Stones: Lefkowitz





Title: Words and Stones
Subtitle: The Politics of Language and Identity in Israel
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Oxford University Press
		http://www.oup.com/us
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Book URL: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/?view=usa&ci=0195121902

Author: Daniel Lefkowitz, University of Virginia

Hardback: ISBN: 0195121902, Pages: 336, Price: U.S. $ 49.95

			
Abstract:

Social and ethnic identity are nowhere more enmeshed with language
than in Israel. "Words and Stones" explores the politics of identity
in Israel through an analysis of the social life of language. By
examining the social choices Israelis make when they speak, and the
social meanings such choices produce, Daniel Lefkowitz reveals how
Israeli identities are negotiated through language. Lefkowitz studies
three major languages and their role in the social lives of Israelis:
Hebrew, the dominant language, Arabic, and English.  He reveals their
complex interrelationship by showing how the language a speaker
chooses to use is as important as the language they choose not to use
- in the same way that a claim to an Israeli identity is
simultaneously a claim against other, opposing identities.  The result
is a compelling analysis of how the identity of "Israeliness" is
linguistically negotiated in the three-way struggle among Ashkenazi
(Jewish), Mizrahi (Jewish), and Palestinian (Arab)
Israelis. Lefkowitz's ethnography of language-use is both thoroughly
anthropological and thoroughly linguistic, and provides a
comprehensive view of the role language plays in Israeli society.

His work will appeal to students and scholars of sociolinguistics,
anthropology, and linguistic anthropology, as well as students and
scholars of Israel and the Middle East.


Lingfield(s):	Anthropological Linguistics
		Sociolinguistics
		
Subject Language(s):	Arabic, Standard (Language code: ABV)
			English (Language code: ENG)
			Hebrew (Language code: HBR)
		
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)


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