Sociolinguistics The Study of Speakers' Choices

ISBN-10: 0521543932
ISBN-13: 9780521543934
Edition: 2005
Authors: Florian Coulmas
List price: $46.00
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Description: This accessible new textbook provides a clear introduction to sociolinguistics, the study of why we speak the way we do, and the social factors that influence our linguistic decisions. Topics covered include dialects, gender and age specific speech  More...

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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/5/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 1.188

This accessible new textbook provides a clear introduction to sociolinguistics, the study of why we speak the way we do, and the social factors that influence our linguistic decisions. Topics covered include dialects, gender and age specific speech forms, professional jargons, diglossia, bilingualism, code-switching, pidgin languages, and language planning, all of which are unified by the common theme that speakers create their language by making choices. The volume draws on linguistic variation from an extensive range of societies and their languages.

Introduction: notions of language
Micro Choices
Standard and dialect: social stratification as a factor of linguistic choice
Gendered speech: sex as a factor of linguistic choice
Communicating across generations: age as a factor of linguistic choice
Choice and change
Politeness: cultural dimensions of linguistic choice
Macro Choices
Code-switching: linguistic choices across boundaries
Diglossia and bilingualism: functional restrictions on language choice
Language spread, shift and maintenance: how groups choose their language
Language and identity: individual, social, national
Language planning: communication demands, public choice, utility
Select letters: a major divide
The language of choice

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