In Speaking Culturally Fern Johnson probes the rich cultural legacies and deep cultural dimensions underlying discourse in the United States. This culturally rich examination of discourse places the changing demographics of the United States in linguistic perspective and draws upon the author’s "language-centered perspective on culture" to illuminate the discourses associated with gender and with African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans. Language is placed in the context of the histories, multiplicities, and cultural themes influencing its users.

Cultural Dimensions of Discourse

Cultural dimensions of discourse

All communication bears cultural origins, conveys cultural meanings, and is interpreted through cultural frameworks. In this chapter, a perspective on culture used throughout the book is presented. I term this approach the Language-Centered Perspective on Culture. This approach features human language as the cornerstone of cultural meaning within an ...

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