Linguistic anthropology of Chinese

Authored by: E Chen-chun

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138650732
eBook ISBN: 9781315625157
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This chapter will provide an overview of research on linguistic anthropology of Chinese by explicating linguistic anthropologists’ perspectives and approaches to examining language’s role in human societies. Through a discussion of certain keywords in the discipline and a case study, this chapter will explore the way linguistic anthropologists take language as both a constitutive force and a constituted product to understand how language and social discourse can have an impact on individuals’ identity construction.

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