An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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by Ronald Wardhaugh
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631142711

ISBN-13: 9780631142713

Pub. Date: 03/28/1986

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

In 1986 Ronald Wardhaugh provided the world of sociolinguistics with a popular and accessible textbook for introductory students. Keeping in step with this ever-changing field, this fifth edition has been thoroughly revised with 130 new and updated references and increased emphasis on issues of identity, solidarity, and power.

Extensive discussion topics and

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In 1986 Ronald Wardhaugh provided the world of sociolinguistics with a popular and accessible textbook for introductory students. Keeping in step with this ever-changing field, this fifth edition has been thoroughly revised with 130 new and updated references and increased emphasis on issues of identity, solidarity, and power.

Extensive discussion topics and recommendations for further reading accompany each chapter and featured topics include: language dialects, pidgins and creoles, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning. This classic in the field assumes little previous knowledge of linguistics, anthropology, or sociology and may be used at an introductory level or as a supplementary text in higher-level courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631142713
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1986
Pages:
400

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsviii
1Introduction1
Knowledge of Language
Variation
Scientific Investigation
Language and Society
Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language
Methodological Concerns
Overview
Further Reading
Part ILanguages and Communities23
2Languages, Dialects, and Varieties25
Language and Dialect
Regional Dialects
Social Dialects
Styles, Registers, and Beliefs
Further Reading
3Pidgins and Creoles58
Lingua Francas
Definitions
Distribution and Characteristics
Origins
From Pidgin to Creole
Further Reading
4Codes88
Diglossia
Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Code-Switching
Further Reading
5Speech Communities119
Definitions
Intersecting Communities
Networks and Repertoires
Further Reading
Part IIInherent Variety133
6Language Variation135
Regional Variation
The Linguistic Variable
Linguistic and Social Variation
Data Collection and Analysis
Further Reading
7Some Findings and Issues162
An Early Study
New York City
Norwich and Reading
A Variety of Studies
Belfast
Controversies
Further Reading
8Change191
The Traditional View
Changes in Progress
The Process of Change
Further Reading
Part IIIWords at Work219
9Words and Culture221
Whorf
Kinship
Taxonomies
Color
Prototypes
Taboo and Euphemism
Further Reading
10Ethnographies242
Varieties of Talk
The Ethnography of Speaking
Ethnomethodology
Further Reading
11Solidarity and Politeness260
Tu and Vous
Address Terms
Politeness
Further Reading
12Talk and Action284
Speech Acts
Cooperation
Conversation
Further Reading
Part IVUnderstanding and Intervening313
13Gender315
Differences
Possible Explanations
Further Reading
14Disadvantage335
Codes Again
African American Vernacular English
Consequences for Education
Further Reading
15Planning356
Issues
A Variety of Situations
Further Examples
Winners and Losers
Further Reading
16Conclusion383
Reference387
Index415

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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Marai_ More than 1 year ago
Great teachers' reference material. The ebook format allows you to read whenever and wherever you want. While reading it you get to highlight important information and take notes, too.