Language and Social Identity


Whenever we open our mouths to speak, we provide those who hear us, chosen interlocuters or mere bystanders, with a wealth of data, linguistic clues others use to position us within a specific social strata. Our particular uses of language mark us geographically, ethnically, by age or sex, and, especially in stratified societies, according to class or caste. This collection of papers by researchers in cultural and linguistic anthropology examine these concepts as well as many others.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Richard K. Blot
  • Gary H. Gossen
  • Janet M. Chernela
  • Jerry Kelly
  • Kathryn A. Woolard
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2003


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