Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics / Edition 2

Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics / Edition 2

by Suzanne Romaine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198731922

ISBN-13: 9780198731924

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Why have 1500 separate languages developed in the Pacific region? Why do Danes understand Norwegians better than Norwegians understand Danish? Is Ebonics a language or a dialect?

Linguistics tends to ignore the relationship between languages and the societies in which they are spoken, while sociology generally overlooks the role of language in the constitution

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Why have 1500 separate languages developed in the Pacific region? Why do Danes understand Norwegians better than Norwegians understand Danish? Is Ebonics a language or a dialect?

Linguistics tends to ignore the relationship between languages and the societies in which they are spoken, while sociology generally overlooks the role of language in the constitution of society. In this book Suzanne Romaine provides a clear, lively, and accessible introduction to the field of sociolinguistics and emphasizes the constant interaction between society and language. She shows how our linguistic choices are motivated by social factors, and how certain ways of speaking come to be vested with symbolic value, drawing from evidence from studies of cultures and languages all over the world.

This new edition incorporates new material on current issues in the study of gender as well as other topics such as the linguistic dimension to the ethnic conflict in the Balkans, and the controversy over Ebonics in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198731924
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,171,905
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Language in Society/Society in Language
Language Choice
Sociolinguistic Patterns
Language and Gender
Language Change in Social Prespective
Pidgin and Creole Languages
Linguistic Problems as Societal Problems
Conclusions
References
Index

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