Clinical Sociolinguistics / Edition 1

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Overview

Sociolinguistics, the study of the interaction of language and society, has had a major impact on linguistics for the last half-century. However, this prominent branch of the language sciences has had little contact with the field of communication disorders. Clinical Sociolinguistics, a collection of newly commissioned articles written by top scholars, is a major advance in bringing the two fields together.

Part I includes chapters that outline findings from sociolinguistic research and point to the relevance of such findings for practicing speech-language pathologists. Topics discussed include bilingualism, code-switching, language planning, and a detailed look at African American English. Part II contains chapters that specifically demonstrate how these research paradigms can be applied to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in the clinical situation.

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“Individuals acquire language, and lose it, in a variety of contexts. Gender, geography, socioeconomic status and bilingualism are all relevant to clinical reasoning about speech and language disorders. This timely volume is grounded in state-of-the art sociolinguistic research, but also demonstrates the application of sociolinguistic thinking to the clinical situation. It will be an invaluable text for those professionals faced with linguistically and culturally diverse client groups, and for students and researchers in communication disorders.” Paul Fletcher, University College Cork
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405112499
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/29/2005
  • Series: Language in Society Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin J. Ball is Hawthorne/Board of Regents Endowed Professor and Head of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is President of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, and editor of the journal Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. His publications include Vowel Disorders (co-edited with Fiona Gibbon, 2002) and Methods in Clinical Phonetics (with Orla Lowry, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. I Sociolinguistic research 1
1 Language, communities, networks and practices 3
2 Regional and social variation 15
3 Language and gender 26
4 Bilingualism and multilingualism 36
5 Code-switching and diglossia 49
6 Language and power 63
7 Language and culture 74
8 African American English 87
9 Language change 101
10 Language planning 120
11 Dialect perception and attitudes to variation 133
Pt. II A clinical sociolinguistics 151
12 Acquisition of sociolinguistic variation 153
13 Bi- and multilingual language acquisition 165
14 Assessing language in children who speak a nonmainstream dialect of English 180
15 Childhood bilingualism : distinguishing difference from disorder 193
16 Speech perception, hearing impairment and linguistic variation 207
17 Aphasia in multilingual populations 219
18 Designing assessments for multilingual children 230
19 Literacy as a sociolinguistic process for clinical purposes 242
20 The sociolinguistics of sign languages 250
21 Managing linguistic diversity in the clinic : interpreters in speech-language pathology 265
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