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Language and Emotion

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Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language

  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511512940

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  • Language is a means we use to communicate feelings; we also reflect emotionally on the language we and others use. James Wilce analyses the signals people use to express emotion, looking at the social, cultural and political functions of emotional language around the world. His book demonstrates that speaking, feeling, reflecting, and identifying are interrelated processes and shows how desire or shame are attached to language. Drawing on nearly one hundred ethnographic case studies, it demonstrates the cultural diversity, historical emergence, and political significance of emotional language. Wilce brings together insights from linguistics and anthropology to survey an extremely broad range of genres, cultural concepts, and social functions of emotional expression.

    • Emotional language is a key topic in the study of language and cultures
    • Combines methodological and theoretical sophistication with clarity of explanation
    • Contains a glossary of key terms useful to any student in anthropology and linguistics
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    '… a must-read for anyone interested in language or emotion.' Laura M. Ahearn, Rutgers University

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    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511512940
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theory:
    1. Defining the domain
    2. The relationship of language and emotion
    3. Approaches to language and emotion
    4. The panhuman and the particular
    Part II. Language, Power, and Honor:
    5. Language, emotion, power, and politics
    6. Status, honorification, and emotion for hire
    Part III. Identification and Identity:
    7. Language as emotional object
    8. Language, affect, gender, and sexuality
    Part IV. Histories of Language and Emotion:
    9. A history of theories
    10. Shifting forms of language and emotion
    11. Language and the medicalization of emotion

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology
    • Theory and Method in Linguistic Anthropology
  • Author

    James M. Wilce, Northern Arizona University
    James M. Wilce is Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University.

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