An Intro Sociolinguistics / Edition 2

An Intro Sociolinguistics / Edition 2

by Janet Holmes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582328616

ISBN-13: 9780582328617

Pub. Date: 02/23/2001

Publisher: Pearson

learning about language
General Editors: Geoffrey Leech and Mick Short, Lancaster University

What is sociolinguistics?

This introductory textbook provides a penetrating answer to this question, explaining basic sociolinguistic concepts through a wide range of examples, and by drawing on 'classic' approaches to the subject as well as from the most recent

Overview

learning about language
General Editors: Geoffrey Leech and Mick Short, Lancaster University

What is sociolinguistics?

This introductory textbook provides a penetrating answer to this question, explaining basic sociolinguistic concepts through a wide range of examples, and by drawing on 'classic' approaches to the subject as well as from the most recent research.

The book is conveniently divided into three sections:
• Section one shows how language is used in multilingual speech communities and explains the varying patterns of language use. Janet Holmes examines how and why languages change within society and highlights the factors that lead to the displacement of one language by another and sometimes the death of a language.
• Section two explores social reasons for language change, looking at language change in monolingual communities and the features of a variety of dialects. The author shows how and why differing racial and social groups develop and maintain speech variations.
• The final section assesses how attitudes to language affect speech and shows that linguistic responses depend on a variety of contextual factors - for example, the status of the person being addressed and our reasons for speaking.

This new edition has been updated thoroughly throughout, and adds new sections on social constructionist approaches to language and gender, and the concept of community of practice. There is also a completely new chapter on language, cognition and culture, which introduces students to the ideas of Benjamin Lee Whorf, as well as to the wider implications of the important concept of linguistic relativity.

Containing a series of student exercisesand suggestions for further reading, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics is an essential introductory text for students of sociolinguistics and anyone interested in the study of language.

Janet Holmes holds a personal Chair in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, where she teaches a variety of sociolinguistics courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582328617
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
02/23/2001
Series:
Learning About Language
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. What do sociolinguists study?

SECTION 1: MULTILINGUAL SPEECH COMMUNITIES
2. Language choice in multilingual communities
3. Language maintenance and shift
4. Linguistic varieties and multilingual nations
5. National languages and language planning

SECTION 2: LANGUAGE VARIATION: FEATURES OF USERS
6. Regional and social dialects
7. Gender and age
8. Ethnicity and social networks
9. Language change

SECTION 3: LANGUAGE VARIATION: FEATURES OF USES
10. Style, context and register
11. Speech functions, politeness and cross-cultural communication
12. Gender, politeness and stereotypes
13. Language, cognition and culture
14. Attitudes and Applications
15. Conclusion

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