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By William Roberts, Gregoire Turgeon

The authors of approximately Language motivate scholars to take advantage of language extra responsibly of their personal writing. greater than 70 interpreting choices hide a vast diversity of matters, together with cultural range, censorship, and gender. powerful help is equipped by way of a gap bankruptcy at the writing method; annotated desk of contents; bankruptcy introductions; choice headnotes, examine questions and writing assignments; end-of-chapter writing assignments and examine actions; and a thesaurus of language and rhetorical phrases.

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That is, the beliefs (one might even use the term myths) that a speech community has about language (and this includes literacy) in gen­ eral and its language in particular (from which it usually derives its atti­ tudes towards other languages).  And these practices of reflexively "measuring" language are no less integrated into a cultural form of life than are the practices of measuring lengths. One distinctive aspect of reflexive discourse is its typically interactional nature.  The competent speaker of a language knows not only how language can be characterized reflex­ ively but also how to engage in interactional disputes/negotiations regard­ ing such characterizations.

The competent speaker of a language knows not only how language can be characterized reflex­ ively but also how to engage in interactional disputes/negotiations regard­ ing such characterizations.  But in each case the inventory and characteristics of these verbal acts are determined by the culture's reflexive practices and by their inte­ gration into particular, culturally­constituted activities and circumstances.  The same is true for our culture's language. , Agar, 1994).  And we do so to a large degree by means of making lan­ guage the subject of culturally­mediated metadiscourse.

Jourdain: Quoi, quandje dis, Nicole, apportez­moi mes pantoufles, et me donnez mon bonnet de nuit; c'est de la prose? Maitre de Philosophie: Oui, monsieur. Jourdain: Par ma foi, il y a plus de quarante ans que je dis de la prose, sans que j'en susse rien; et je vous suis le plus oblige du monde de m'avoir appris cela. Moliere, Le bourgeois gentilhomme Monsieur Jourdain is not the only one who has been misled by the intellec­ tual authorities. —as errors. These "discontinuities" are repre­ sented as disrupting the ideal fluency of the speaker's utterance.

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