The Sociolinguistics of Place and Belonging

Perspectives from the margins

ORCID logoLeonie Cornips | Meertens Instituut (KNAW) & Maastricht University
Vincent A. de Rooij | University of Amsterdam
ISBN 9789027200044 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027264596 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume shows the relevance of the concepts of ‘place’ and ‘belonging’ for understanding the dynamics of identification through language. It also opens up a new terrain for sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological study, namely the margins. Rural, as well as urbanized areas that are seen as marginal or peripheral to places that are overtly recognized as mixed and hybridized have received relatively little sociolinguistic attention. Yet, people living in these supposedly less ‘spectacular’ margins are not immune to the effects of globalization and rapid technological change. They too constantly form new ensembles from linguistic and cultural resources which they invest with novel, instable, often ambiguous meanings. This volume focusses on the purportedly unspectacular in order to achieve a full understanding of the relation between language, place and belonging. The contributors to this volume, therefore, focus on language practices analyzing them as dialectically related to political-economic processes and language ideologies.
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“Place has always been a popular topic in sociolinguistics, operating in variousways within different analytical approaches. The present collection enriches this body of work, highlighting a wide range of linguistic data in various national contexts, as well as creative and—in some case—novel methodological approaches. As such, it showcases promising directions for future sociolinguistic research in this area.”
“The volume has many merits, first of all, the ability to put in dialogue theoretical topics and fieldwork in a profitable and consistent manner; secondly the new formulations of notion of belonging and identity.[...] In addition, the practical-theoretical approach to the pair belonging/place is fundamentally coherent with the emergent nature of the concept of identity/belonging and with the reality of the contemporary world characterized by increasingly frequent displacements and the existence of a virtual but pervasive space such as the internet.[...] The text is remarkable and relevant for the disciplines to which it is addressed because it succeeds in dealing from a contemporary and ethnographic perspective with several of the topics that define sociolinguistic and dialectological studies.The volume has also the merit of transforming the notion of place-making in a veritable theory that is capable of containing the large majority of the key concepts of sociolinguistics, and thanks to the various field work, demonstrates the possible applications. [...] The volume is an excellent example of work that successfully connects theoretical knowledge and the practice of the disciplinary area to which it is addressed.”
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CFB: Sociolinguistics

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LAN009050: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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