Positioning the Self and Others

Linguistic perspectives

| University of the West of England
| Università degli Studi di Bergamo
| Università degli Studi di Bergamo
ISBN 9789027201126 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027263797 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Though positioning has been addressed in social psychology and in identity construction, less attention has been paid to the specific linguistic markers which are drawn upon in discourse to position the self and other(s). This volume focusses on address terms, pragmatic markers, code switching/choice and orthography, the indexicalities of which are explored in different communicative activities.

The volume is unusual in: i) the range of languages which are covered: Bergamasco, Brazilian Portuguese, English, Finnish, French, Georgian, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish and Swedish; ii) the inclusion of different communicative settings and text-types: workplace emails, everyday and institutional conversations, interviews, migrant narratives, radio phone-ins, dyadic and group settings, road-signs, service encounters; iii) its consideration of both synchronic and diachronic factors; iv) its mix of theoretical and methodological approaches.

The volume illustrates some of the linguistic means speakers draw on to position themselves and others and hopes to stimulate further research studies in this vein.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 292]  2018.  vi, 316 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Kate Beeching, Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli
Chapter 2. Positioning through address practice in Finland-Swedish and Sweden-Swedish service encounters
Catrin Norrby, Camilla Wide, Jenny Nilsson and Jan Lindström
Chapter 3. Sociocultural and linguistic constraints in address choice from Latin to Italian
Piera Molinelli
Chapter 4. Closeness at a distance: Positioning in Brazilian workplace emails
Carolin Debray and Sophie Reissner-Roubicek
Chapter 5. Beyond the notion of periphery : An account of polyfunctional discourse markers within the Val.Es.Co. model of discourse segmentation
Shima Salameh Jiménez, María Estellés and Salvador Pons Bordería
Chapter 6. Metacommenting in English and French: A variational pragmatics approach
Kate Beeching
Chapter 7. Direct speech, subjectivity and speaker positioning in London English and Paris French
Maria Secova
Chapter 8. Positioning of self in interaction: Adolescents’ use of attention-getters
Karin Aijmer
Chapter 9. Constellation of indexicalities and social meaning: The evolution of cioè in Contemporary Italian
Chiara Ghezzi
Chapter 10. “Proper is whatever people make it” Stance, positionality, and ideological packaging in a dinnertime conversation
Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson
Chapter 11. Representations of self and other in narratives of return migration
Alexander Nikolaou and Jennifer Sclafani
Chapter 12. Orthography as an identity marker: The case of bilingual road signs in the province of Bergamo
Federica Guerini
Chapter 13. Positioning the self in talk about groups: Linguistic means emphasising veracity used by members of the Georgian Greek community
Concha Maria Höfler
Author index
Subject index
“In Positioning the Self and Others, Beeching, Ghezzi and Molinelli bring into conversation a dozen substantial, well-designed projects about the linguistic indexing of positioning, subjectivity and identity. Authors take detailed looks at a wide variety of linguistic variables, from choices about what pronouns to use to choices about what language to use. I enthusiastically recommend this collection of state-of-the-art research.”
“With its wide scope and range of theoretical and methodological perspectives on positioning, and its coverage of a great variety of languages as well as geographical and situational settings and contexts, the book ''Positioning the Self and Others'' provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the current state of research on its topic and pivotal concept.”
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Lindström, Jan, Catrin Norrby, Camilla Wide & Jenny Nilsson
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018015662 | Marc record