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ERIC Number: ED140378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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Ethnocentric Speech: Its Nature and Implications.
Lukens, Janet G.
Many linguists and sociolinguists are interested in the relationship between ethnocentrism and language and in how the desire of ethnic groups to maintain their cultural distinctiveness influences linguistic variation. This paper suggests diverse ways in which ethnocentrism and the desire to increase social distance may be realized on several linguistic levels. Specifically, it is suggested that different intensities of ethnocentrism and the extent to which one desires to increase social distance are realized by different types of variation in phonology, syntax, semantics, discourse structure, and idiomatic expression. The various types of linguistic diversity, as influenced by different degrees of ethoncentrism, are discussed in relation to three communicative distances: indifference, avoidance, and disparagement. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Portland, Oregon, April 13-17, 1976); Background of document is dark