Introduction to Sociolinguistics

ISBN-10: 1408276747

ISBN-13: 9781408276747

Edition: 4th 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Janet Holmes

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First published in 1992, Janet Holmes' an Introduction to Sociolinguistics has established itself as the key introductory textbook in the field, and this new fourth edition has been updated and expanded to include new material.It is divided into three sections. In the first, Janet Holmes shows how language is used in multilingual speech communities and explains the varying patterns of language use. She examines how and why languages change within society and highlights the factors that lead to the displacement of one language by another, and sometimes even the death of a language.The central section gives a comprehensive and well-illustrated exploration of social reasons for language change, exploring language change in monolingual communities and the features of a variety of dialects. She shows how and why differing social and racial groups develop and maintain speech variations.In the final section, Janet Holmes assesses how attitudes to language affect speech, and shows that linguistic responses depend upon a variety of contextual factors.Written in an accessible way, this essential introductory text is and illustrated throughout with numerous examples.
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Preface to Fourth Edition
Preface to Third Edition
Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition
Author's Acknowledgements
Publisher's Acknowledgements
What do sociolinguists study?
What is a sociolinguist?
Why do we say the same thing in different ways?
What are the different ways we say things?
Social factors, dimensions and explanations
Multilingual Speech Communities
Language choice in multilingual communities
Choosing your variety or code
Diglossia
Code-switching or code-mixing
Language maintenance and shift
Language shift in different communities
Language death and language loss
Factors contributing to language shift
How can a minority language be maintained?
Language revivalt
Linguistic varieties and multilingual nations
Vernacular languages
Standard languages
Lingua francas
Pidgins and Creoles
National languages and language planning
National and official languages
Planning for a national official language
Developing a standard variety in Norway
The linguist's role in language planning
Language Variation: Focus on Users
Regional and social dialects
Regional variation
Social variation
Social dialects
Gender and age
Gender-exclusive speech differences: highly structured communities
Gender-preferential speech features: social dialect research
Gender and social class
Explanations of women's linguistic behaviour
Age-graded features of speech
Age and social dialect data
Age grading and language change
Ethnicity and social networks
Ethnicity
Social networks
Language change
Variation and change
How do changes spread?
How do we study language change?
Reasons for language change
Language Variation: Focus on Uses
Style, context and register
Addressee as an influence on style
Accommodation theory
Context, style and class
Style in non-Western societies
Register
Speech functions, politeness and cross-cultural communication
The functions of speech
Politeness and address forms
Linguistic politeness in different cultures
Gender, politeness and stereotypes
Women's language and confidence
Interaction
Gossip
The linguistic construction of gender
The linguistic construction of sexuality
Sexist language
Language, cognition and culture
Language and perception
Whorf
Linguistic categories and culture
Discourse patterns and culture
Language, social class and cognition
Analysing discourse
Pragmatics and politeness theory
Ethnography of speaking
Interactional sociolinguistics
Conversation Analysis (CA)
Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)
Attitudes and applications
Attitudes to language
Sociolinguistics and education
Sociolinguistics and forensic linguistics
Conclusion
Sociolinguistic competence
Dimensions of sociolinguistic analysis
Sociolinguistic universal
References
Appendix: phonetic symbols
Glossary
Index
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