Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Book — 1 online resource (viii, 204 pages). Digital: data file.
Linguists have become increasingly interested in examining how class culture is socially constructed and maintained through spoken language. Julie Lindquist's examination of the linguistic ethnography of a working-class bar in Chicago contributes to the field. She examines how regular patrons argue about political issues in order to create a group identity centred around political ideology. She also shows how their political arguments are actually a rhetorical genre, one which creates a delicate balance between group solidarity and individual identity, as well as a tenuous and ambivalent sense of class identity. Using a comination of sociolinguistic and rhetorical analysis, Lindquist's work offers insights into the shape and meaning of the sociopolitical identity of the working class, and demonstrates how class can be created at the local, and purely rhetorical, level. Compelling and persuasive, her work should be of interest to scholars and students of sociolonguistics, rhetoric, anthroplogy, and cultural studies interested in the complex dynamics of contemporary culture. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xix, 265 pages) : portrait
1. Watching our words
2. Playing politics
3. English 2.0
5. The passing scene
Â There has never been, " Nunberg writes, Â an age as wary as ours of the tricks words can play, obscuring distinctions and smoothing over the corrugations of the actual world.... Yet as advertisers and marketers know, our mistrust of words doesn't inoculate us against them." These are the years of talking dangerously, and Nunberg is a sure guide to the pitfalls. With illuminating intelligence and devastating humor, Nunberg decodes the changing syntax of Time Magazine, explains why grammar buffs are drawn to sarcasm, and deftly unpacks the telling phrases of our national conversation, from progressive to elite to changeÂ not to mention national conversation itself. (source: Nielsen Book Data)