Publication details [#6349]

Loveday, Leo J. 1981. Making an occasion: The linguistic components of ritual. Anthropological Linguistics 23 (4) : 135–154.
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Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject


L. analyzes the linguistic construction of a Japanese wedding reception in terms of turn taking, fixed speech acts, modes of address, the use of formulas, and other components, and L. sees the language of such a ritual as creating a sociocultural metaphor.