Sociolinguistics The Study of Speakers' Choices
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/5/2005
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.60" tall
|Introduction: notions of language|
|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|
|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|