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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The Ethnography of Communication
Subtitle: An Introduction
Written By: Muriel Saville-Troike

The Ethnography of Communication presents the terms and concepts which are essential for discussing how and why language is used and how its use varies in different cultures.

- Presents the essential terms and concepts introduced and developed by Dell Hymes and others and surveys the most important findings and applications of their work.
- Draws on insights from social anthropology and psycholinguistics in investigating the patterning of communicative behavior in specific cultural settings.
- Includes two completely new chapters on contrasts in patterns of communication and on politeness, power, and politics.
- Incorporates a broad range of examples and illustrations from many languages and cultures for analyzing patterns of communicative phenomena.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 063122842X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 336
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99
U.S. $ 32.95

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0631228411
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 336
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00
U.S. $ 67.95