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Language and Belonging

Local Categories and Practices in a Guatemalan Highland Community

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Rita Vallentin

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.

BIC Classifications

  • Language (C)
    • linguistics (CF)
      • Sociolinguistics (CFB)
  • Geographical (1)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • Latin America (1KL)
        • Central America (1KLC)
          • Guatemala (1KLCG)
  • Languages (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Romance, Italic & Rhaeto-Romanic languages (2AD)
        • Spanish (2ADS)
          • Latin-American Spanish (2ADSL)

BISAC Classifications

  • Foreign Language Study (FOR)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / General (FOR000000)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / German (FOR009000)
  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General (LAN000000)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General (LAN009000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Language & Linguistics (C)
    • Linguistics (CF)
      • Sociolinguistics (CFB)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Cultural & media studies (JBC)
        • Cultural studies (JBCC)
          • Cultural studies: food & society (JBCC4)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • South & Central America (including Mexico), Latin America (1KL)
        • Central America (including Mexico) (1KLC)
          • Guatemala (1KLCG)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Romance, Italic & Rhaeto-Romanic languages (2AD)
        • Spanish (2ADS)
          • Latin-American Spanish (2ADSL)