The Oxford Handbook of Language and Social Psychology

ISBN : 9780199838639

Thomas M. Holtgraves
568 Pages
188 x 261 mm
Pub date
Sep 2014
Oxford Library of Psychology
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Language pervades everything we do as social beings. It is, in fact, difficult to disentangle language from social life, and hence its importance is often missed. The emergence of new communication technologies makes this even more striking. People come to "know" one another through these interactions without ever having met face-to-face. How? Through the words they use and the way they use them. The Oxford Handbook of Language and Social Psychology is a unique and innovative compilation of research that lies at the intersection of language and social psychology. Language is viewed as a social activity, and to understand this complex human activity requires a consideration of its social psychological underpinnings. Moreover, as a social activity, the use and in fact the existence of language has implications for a host of traditional social psychological processes. Hence, there is a reciprocal relationship between language and social psychology, and it is this reciprocal relationship that defines the essence of this handbook. The handbook is divided into six sections. The first two sections focus on the social underpinnings of language, that is, the social coordination required to use language, as well as the manner in which language and broad social dimensions such as culture mutually constitute one another. The next two sections consider the implications of language for a host of traditional social psychological topics, including both intraindividual (e.g., attribution) and interindividual (e.g., intergroup relations) processes. The fifth section examines the role of language in the creation of meaning, and the final section includes chapters documenting the importance of the language-social psychology interface for a number of applied areas.


Language and Social Psychology: Introduction and Overview
Part I. Social Dimensions of Language Variation: Social Causes and Consequences of Language Variability
Chapter 1. Language Attitudes: Social Determinants and Consequences of Language Variation.
Howard Giles and Tamara Raki?
Chapter 2. Language, Identity, and Culture: Multiple Identity-Based Perspectives
Stella Ting-Toomey and Tenzin Dorjee
Chapter 3. Language and Culture
Yoshihisa Kashima, Emiko Kashima, Evan Kidd
Chapter 4. Gender Similarities and Differences in Language
Campbell Leaper
Part II. Social Processes Involved in Language-Based Interactions
Chapter 5. Working Together
Herbert H. Clark and Tania Henetz
Chapter 6. Perspective Taking and its Impostors in Language Use: Four Patterns of Deception
Dale Barr
Chapter 7. Hand Gestures and Facial Displays in Conversational Interaction
Janet Bavelas, Jennifer Gerwing, and Sara Healing
Chapter 8. Interactive Alignment and Language Use
Martin Pickering and Simon Garrod
Chapter 9. Cognitive and Social Aspects of Coherence
Rachel Giora
Part III. Linguistic Underpinnings of Interpersonal Processes
Chapter 10. Shaping Intergroup Relations through Language
Anne Maass, Luciano Arcuri, and Caterina Suitner
Chapter 11. Language and Persuasion
James Dillard
Chapter 12. Language and Interpersonal Relationships
Steve Duck and Daniel A. Usera
Chapter 13. Natural Language Use as a Marker of Personality
Molly E. Ireland and Matthias R. Mehl
Chapter 14. Using Computerized Text Analysis to Track Social Processes
Cindy K. Chung and James W. Pennebaker
Part IV. Linguistic Underpinnings of Intrapersonal Processes
Chapter 15. Language and Social Comprehension
Robert S. Wyer, Jr.
Chapter 16. Language and Attribution: Implicit Causal and Dispositional Information Contained in Words
Klaus Fiedler & Tobias Kruger
Chapter 17. Me and My Stories
M. Pasupathi, C. D. Mansfield, T. L. Weeks
Chapter 18. The Role of Language on the Perception and Experience of Emotion
Jennifer M.B. Fugate and Lisa Feldman Barrett
Chapter 19. Discursive Social Psychology
Alexandra Kent and Jonathan Potter
Part V. Language and Meaning
Chapter 20. Grounding Language in Our Bodies and the World
Michael P. Kaschak and John L. Jones
Chapter 21. Literal vs. Nonliteral Language - Novelty Matters
Rachel Giora
Chapter 22. Intentions in Meaningful Experiences of Language
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
Chapter 23. Electrophysiological Research on Conversation and Discourse Processing
John C. J. Hoeks and Harm Brouwer
Chapter 24. Politeness and Reasoning: Face, Connectives, and Quantifiers
Jean-Francois Bonnefon
Part VI. Applied Topics
Chapter 25. Language Variation in the Classroom
John Edwards
Chapter 26. Pragmatic Processes in Survey Interviewing
Frederick G. Conrad, Michael F. Schober, & Norbert Schwarz
Chapter 27. Language and the Law: Illustrations from Cases of Disputed Sexual Consent
Deborah Davis and J. Guillermo Villalobos
Chapter 28. The Role of Language in Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Paul J. Taylor
Chapter 29. Computer-Mediated Communication
Susan Fussell & Leslie D. Setlock
Chapter 30. The Role of Natural Language and Discourse Processing in Advanced Tutoring Systems
Arthur C. Graesser, Fazel Keshtkar, and Haiying Li

About the author: 

Thomas Holtgraves is a professor of Psychological Science at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He has conducted interdisciplinary research, supported by the NSF and NIH, into multiple facets of language and social psychology.

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