Written by a wide range of highly regarded scholars and exciting junior ones, this book critiques and operationalizes contemporary thinking in the rapidly expanding field of linguistic anthropology. It does so using case studies of actual everyday language practices from an extremely understudied yet incredibly important area of the Global South: Indonesia. In doing so, it provides a rich set of studies that model and explain complex linguistic anthropological analysis in engaging and easily understood ways.

As a book that is both accessible for undergraduate students and enlightening for graduate students through to senior professors, this book problematizes a wide range of assumptions. The diversity of settings and methodologies used in this book surpass many recent collections that attempt to address issues surrounding contemporary processes of diversification given rapid ongoing social change. In focusing on the trees, so to speak, the collection as a whole also enables readers to see the forest. This approach provides a rare insight into relationships between everyday language practices, social change, and the ever-present and ongoing processes of nation-building.

chapter 1|28 pages

Theorizing the semiotic complexity of contact talk

Contact registers and scalar shifters

chapter 3|13 pages

Recentering the margins?

The scale of “local language” in a decentralizing Indonesia

chapter 4|19 pages

Moving languages

Bivalency and scalar shifters in Central Javanese language ecologies

chapter 5|17 pages

From “top-down” to “bottom-up”

The New Order’s vertical synchronicity and the vintage aesthetics of the margins in post-Suharto political oratory

chapter 8|14 pages

Modeling contact talk on television

chapter 10|17 pages

Revaluing Papuan Malay 1

chapter 12|7 pages