Book notice: Language, Culture and Identity

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Wed Jun 6 14:36:11 UTC 2007

Language, Culture and Identity: An Ethnolinguistic Perspective
Series Title: Advances in Sociolinguistics
2007 Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

Book URL:

Author: Philip Riley


How language shapes and is shaped by identity is a key topic within
sociolinguistics. An individual's identity is constituted through a variety
of different factors, including the social, linguistic, cultural and ethnic
contexts. In this book, Philip Riley looks at these issues against the
theoretical background of the sociology of knowledge, and ethnolinguistics,
asking how we learn who we are and how social identities are negotiated. The
idea of 'the foreigner' is central to this account, yet traditional views of
the role of being socially 'other' largely neglect the role of
language. Riley bridges this gap by examining problematic aspects of
multilingual identities, with particular reference to the notions of 'ethos'
and the 'communicative virtues'.

This engaging analysis of language and social identity will be essential
reading for students of sociolinguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate

N.b.: Listing on the lgpolicy-list is merely intended as a service to its
and implies neither approval, confirmation nor agreement by the owner or
sponsor of
the list as to the veracity of a message's contents. Members who disagree
with a
message are encouraged to post a rebuttal. (H. Schiffman, Moderator)
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the Lgpolicy-list mailing list