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StanceSociolinguistic Perspectives$
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Alexandra Jaffe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331646.001.0001

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The Sociolinguistics of Stance

(p.3) 1 Introduction

Jaffe Alexandre

Oxford University Press

This chapter situates the study of stance within major currents of sociolinguistic inquiry, including such topics as footing and framing, style and stylization, language ideologies, performance, and indexicality. It proposes that stance-based sociolinguistic analysis (1) situates linguistic acts of stance within the sociocultural matrices that give stances their social meanings; (2) explores how sociolinguistic indexicalities act as resource for and are potentially changed by acts of stancetaking; (3) takes account of language ideologies as both resources for the production and interpretation of stance and as potential stance objects; (4) focuses on the reflexive, metapragmatic, and “metasociolinguistic” dimension of human communication; and (5) treats speaker stance as a crucial component of interactional processes and practices that have long been a focus of sociolinguistic study.

Keywords:   indexicality, performance, stance, sociolinguistics, ideology, style, stylization, footing

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