8 Language and Social Psychology: Conceptual Niceties, Complexities, Curiosities, Monstrosities, and How It All Works

Authored by: James J. Bradac , Howard Giles

Handbook Of Language And Social Interaction

Print publication date:  November  2004
Online publication date:  December  2004

Print ISBN: 9780805842401
eBook ISBN: 9781410611574
Adobe ISBN: 9781135634155


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It is almost certainly the case that the field of language and social psychology (LSP) does not embrace a scientific paradigm in Kuhn’s sense of the term (1970). 1 Kuhn notes that historically the formation of an association and the establishment of a journal devoted to a special set of research problems coincides with the onset of a genuine scientific paradigm, but this does not seem to be the case with the field of language and social psychology (or with many of the social sciences; economics and linguistics may be exceptional cases). 2 However, there are some widely shared (although by no means universally shared) assumptions, theories of interest, and methodological preferences among members of and persons identifying with the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (see www.ialsp.org) and readers of and contributors to the Journal of Language and Social Psychology (for an historical overview of LSP, see Giles and Fortman, in press). In this chapter we discuss several topics that we believe will illuminate LSP, including dominant research topics, special research topics, and important theories. We will also discuss the place of Language and Social Interaction in the broad field of language and social psychology in a special section and in connection with various topics along the way.

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