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Overview

The volume brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines to create a broad perspective on the study of style and variation in spoken language. The book discusses key approaches to stylistic variation, including such issues as attention paid to speech, audience design, identity construction, the corpus study of register, genre, distinctiveness and the anthropological study of style. Rigorous and engaging, this book will become the standard work on stylistic variation. It will be welcomed by students and academics in sociolinguistics, English language, dialectology, anthropology and sociology.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is one of the virtues of this book that what one author suggests or asserts may be supplemented or argued with by another. Reading these papers is therefore not unlike attending a thoughtful debate carried on by experts...it is a rigorous and well-referenced (there is a 32-page bibliography) exploration of style from a variety of perspectives. In addition, the work provides fascinating critiques of the many viewpoints presented during the workshop." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

"Taking into account this gathering of refined versions of classical approaches to style with others completely new perspectives on the one hand, and the extensive reflections on each of these that other experts offer, the book constitutes an excellent up to date of research into the role of style in sociolinguistic variation and represents a serious attempt to solve the problems that its analysis poses. The collection is a fundamental reference, therefore, for students and academics whose works have to deal more or less directly with the complex but at the same time fascinating task of interpreting stylistic variation in speech." Estudios de Sociolinguistica Virginia Acuna Ferreira, Universidade de Vigo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521011754
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2004
  • Series: Key Topics in Sociolinguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Spolsky is Emeritus Professor at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and Senior Associate, the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Language practices, ideology and beliefs, and management and planning 1
2 Driving out the bad 16
3 Pursuing the good and dealing with the new 26
4 The nature of language policy and its domains 39
5 Two monolingual polities - Iceland and France 57
6 How English spread 76
7 Does the US have a language policy or just civil rights? 92
8 Language rights 113
9 Monolingual polities under pressure 133
10 Monolingual polities with recognized linguistic minorities 143
11 Partitioning language space - two, three, many 161
12 Resisting language shift 186
13 Conclusions 217
List of references 224
Index 243
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