What Is Sociolinguistics?

ISBN-10: 1405193182

ISBN-13: 9781405193184

Edition: 2012

Authors: Gerard Van Herk

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What is Sociolinguistics? is a tour through the major issues that define the field, such as region, status, gender, time, language attitudes, interaction, and style; each chapter contains useful and clear features designed for student learning.Explores the sociolinguistics of multilingualism, culture and ethnicity, language contact, and educationProvides useful and clear learning features including numerous innovative  exercises and project ideas, spotlighted research readings, glossary terms, chapter summaries, and text boxesFeatures a companion website offering PowerPoint slides for instructors and sample answers to questions, as well as links for further study 
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

List of Boxes
Research in the Spotlight
Companion Website
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Types of sociolinguistics
Background: The history of sociolinguistics
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Language and Society
Defining "language" in sociolinguistics
Sociolinguists vs. other linguists
Sociolinguists vs. normal people
Language vs. dialect
What is "society"?
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Place
How regional differences develop
English, for example
English worldwide: Linguistic features
Isolation
Physical isolation: The case of Newfoundland English
Linguistic isolation: The case of Quebec French
Social isolation: The case of African Nova Scotian English
The social meaning of space
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Social Status
Determining social class or status
Mobility
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Time
Apparent time
Change
Real time studies of language change
The S-shaped curve of language change
Subtle sound change: Vowel shifts
Age: Change across the lifespan
Acquiring sociolinguistic competence
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Ethnicity
Ethnic language varieties
Ethnic naming and depictions
Crossing: Using the language of others
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Gender and Identify
Gender and interaction
Difference and dominance
Hon languages encode gender
Gender and language change
Class
Identity, performance, and practice
Language and sexuality (or something)
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Style
Defining and measuring style
Genre, register, jargon
Using other people�s stuff
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Interaction
Ethnography of communication
Face
Solidarity and power
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Multilingualism
Multilingual societies
Diglossia
Code-switching
Slimming up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Language Contact
Code-switching and borrowing
Contact languages: Mixed languages, lingua franca, pidgins, Creoles
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Attitudes and Ideologies
Investigating language attitudes
Language beliefs (myths, ideologies)
Reading and responding
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Language as a Social Entity
Language maintenance, shift, revitalization
Language policy and planning
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Education
The school as a sociolinguistic community
What students bring to school
Languages of education
What students take from school
Learning a language at school
Summing up
Exercises
Discussion
Special extra discussion questions for students in education programs or faculties
Other resources
What is Sociolinguistics?
The sociolinguistics of African American English
Language/society/community
Place
Social status
Time
Culture and ethnicity
Gender and identity
Style and code shifting
Interaction
Language contact and Creoles
Attitudes and ideologies
Language planning and education
Summing up (the book, not just the chapter)
Exercises
Discussion
Other resources
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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