Language and Food: Verbal and nonverbal experiences (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 238)

Language and Food: Verbal and nonverbal experiences (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 238)

By: Polly E. Szatrowski (editor)Hardback

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This book investigates the intricate interplay between language and food in natural conversations among people eating and talking about food in English, Japanese, Wolof, Eegimaa, Danish, German, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. It is a socio-cultural/ linguistic study of how adults/ children organize their language and bodies to (1) accomplish rituals and performances of commensality (eating together) and food-related actions, (2) taste, describe, identify and assess food, and influence others' preferences, (3) create and reinforce individual and group identities through past experiences and stories about food, and (4) socialize one another to food practices, affect, taste, gender and health norms. Using approaches from linguistics, conversation analysis, ethnography, discursive psychology, and linguistic anthropology, this book elucidates the dynamic verbal and nonverbal co-construction of food practices, assessments, categories, and identities in conversations over and about food, and contributes to research on contextualized social, cultural, and cognitive activity, language and food, and cross-cultural understanding.


1. Part 1: Introduction; 2. Introduction to Language and Food: The verbal and nonverbal experience (by Szatrowski, Polly E.); 3. Part 2: Process and structural organization; 4. Negotiating a passage to the meal in four cultures (by Beeman, William O.); 5. The structural organization of ordering and serving sushi (by Kuroshima, Satomi); 6. Part 3: Talking about the food while eating; 7. It's delicious!: How Japanese speakers describe food at a social event (by Noda, Mari); 8. Food and identity in Eegimaa and Wolof: We eat what we are (by Bassene, Mamadou); 9. Modality and evidentiality in Japanese and American English taster lunches: Identifying and assessing an unfamiliar drink (by Szatrowski, Polly E.); 10. Part 4: Experiences and stories related to food; 11. Food experiences and categorization in Japanese talk-in-interaction (by Koike, Chisato); 12. Repetition of words and phrases from the punch lines of Japanese stories about food and restaurants: A group bonding exercise (by Karatsu, Mariko); 13. Part 5: Talk about food with and among children; 14. Family mealtimes, yuckiness and the socialization of disgust responses by preschool children (by Wiggins, Sally); 15. Early experiences with food: Socializing affect and relationships in Japanese (by Burdelski, Matthew); 16. "I needa cut up my soup": Food talk, pretend play, and gender in an American preschool (by Sheldon, Amy); 17. Healthy beverages?: The interactional use of milk, juice and water in an ethnically diverse kindergarten class in Denmark (by Karrebaek, Martha Sif); 18. Author index; 19. Subject index; 20. Food names and descriptor index; 21. Commensality index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789027256430
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 318
  • ID: 9789027256430
  • weight: 720
  • ISBN10: 9027256438

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