Language in Society An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

ISBN-10: 0198731922
ISBN-13: 9780198731924
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
Authors: Suzanne Romaine
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Book details

List price: $40.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/25/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Why have 1500 separate languages developed in the Pacific region? Why do Danes understand Norwegians better than Norwegians understand Danish? Is Ebonics a language or a dialect? Linguistics tends to ignore the relationship between languages and the societies in which they are spoken, while sociology generally overlooks the role of language in the constitution of society. In this book Suzanne Romaine provides a clear, lively, and accessible introduction to the field of sociolinguistics and emphasizes the constant interaction between society and language, discussing both traditional and recent issues including: language and social class, language and gender, language and education, and pidgins and creoles. The text shows how our linguistic choices are motivated by social factors, and how certain ways of speaking come to be vested with symbolic value and includes examples drawing on studies of cultures and languages all over the world. This new edition incorporates new material on current issues in the study of gender as well as other topics such as the linguistic dimension to the ethnic conflict in the Balkans, and the controversy over Ebonics in the United States.

Language in Society/Society in Language
Language Choice
Sociolinguistic Patterns
Language and Gender
Language Change in Social Prespective
Pidgin and Creole Languages
Linguistic Problems as Societal Problems
Conclusions
References
Index

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