Language Variation as Social Practice: The Linguistic Construction of Identity in Belten High / Edition 1

Language Variation as Social Practice: The Linguistic Construction of Identity in Belten High / Edition 1

by Penelope Eckert
     
 

Linguistic Variation as Social Practice is a study of the speech of the adolescent population of a midwestern high school, relating individuals' subtle patterns of pronunciation and grammar to participation in the peer social order.

Based on two years of sociolinguistic and ethnographic fieldwork in one school, supplemented by shorter periods of fieldwork

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Overview

Linguistic Variation as Social Practice is a study of the speech of the adolescent population of a midwestern high school, relating individuals' subtle patterns of pronunciation and grammar to participation in the peer social order.

Based on two years of sociolinguistic and ethnographic fieldwork in one school, supplemented by shorter periods of fieldwork in three other schools, the study focuses on the polarized social categories, the "jocks" and the "burnouts," that dominate social organization in all of these schools. This book describes the social categories, networks, and practices that constitute the local adolescent social order, relates these to wider patterns in the urban-suburban area, and ultimately to wider societal patterns.

Linguistic Variation as Social Practice is an ideal text for advanced students of sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631186045
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/17/2000
Series:
Language in Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Preface.

Introduction: Variation and Agency.

Interpreting the Meaning of Variation.

The Social Order of Belten High.

Sociolinguistic Research in the School.

The Vocalic Variables.

Outline of Variation in Belten High.

We Are What We Do.

Friendships, Networks, and Communities of Practice.

Style, Social Meaning, and Sound Change.

References.

Index.

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