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Language and Society

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ISBN-10: 0521456630

ISBN-13: 9780521456630

Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)

Authors: William Downes, Jean Aitchison

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This textbook is an accessible introduction to the social aspects of language and their various explanations, covering domains of language use, language change, code-switching, speech as social action and the nature of understanding.
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List price: $73.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/24/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 516
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

William Downes is currently a Senior Fellow in the School of Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and Adjunct Professor of English and Linguistics at Glendon College, York University, Toronto. Educated at Queen's University and the University of Toronto and at University College London, he has taught at York University, Toronto, and in England at the London School of Economics and the University of East Anglia. He has been a Northrop Frye Fellow at Victoria College and Senior Resident at Massey College, University of Toronto. His most recent book Language and Religion: A Journey into the Human Mind was published in 2011 by Cambridge University…    

After many years lecturing with the University of London (at the London School of Economics and Political Science), Jean Aitchison was Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford (1993 2003) and is now an Emeritus Professor. She is the author of a number of books on language, including The Language Web (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Linguistics and sociolinguistics
A tapestry in space and time
Language varieties: processes and problems
Discovering the structure in variation
At the intersection of social factors
Change, meaning and acts of identity
The discourse of social life
Communication: words and world
Action and critique
Language and social explanation
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