Language and Belonging
Local Categories and Practices in a Guatemalan Highland Community
In this book, the author introduces belonging from a sociolinguistic perspective as a concept that is accomplished in interaction. Belonging can be expressed linguistically in social, spatial and temporal categories – indexing rootedness, groupness and cohesion. It can also be captured through shared linguistic practices within a group, e.g. collectively shared narrative practices. Using conversation analysis and an analysis of narrative as practice bolstered with ethnographic knowledge, the author shows how belonging is tied to locally contextualized use of deictics and to collectively shared narrations of the past in a Guatemalan community. The book examines the understudied phenomenon of belonging at the intersection of pragmatics and linguistic anthropology.
KeywordsBelonging; Categories; Community; community of practice; conversation analysis; Guatemalan; Highland; Language; linguistic anthropology; Local; narrative analysis; Practices; pragmatics; socio-linguistics; Vallentin
ISBN9783631768921, 9783631768938, 9783631768945, 9783631735602, 9783631768921
Publication date and placeBern, 2019
SeriesSprachliche Konstruktion sozialer Grenzen: Identitaeten und Zugehoerigkeiten / Linguistic Construction of Social Boundaries: Identities and Belonging, 4