The Linguistic Individual: Self-Expression in Language and Linguistics / Edition 1

The Linguistic Individual: Self-Expression in Language and Linguistics / Edition 1

by Barbara Johnstone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195101855

ISBN-13: 9780195101850

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Linguists usually discuss language or dialects in terms of groups of speakers. Believing that patterns can be seen more clearly in the group than the individual, researchers often present group scores with no indication of the variation within the group. Even though linguists acknowledge that no two individuals speak alike, few study individual variation and voice.

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Overview

Linguists usually discuss language or dialects in terms of groups of speakers. Believing that patterns can be seen more clearly in the group than the individual, researchers often present group scores with no indication of the variation within the group. Even though linguists acknowledge that no two individuals speak alike, few study individual variation and voice.

Barbara Johnstone makes a case for the individual's importance and idiosyncrasies in language and linguistics. Using theoretical arguments and discourse analysis, along with linguistic examples from a variety of speakers and settings, Johnstone illustrates how speakers draw on linguistic models associated with class, ethnicity, gender, and region, among others, to construct an individual voice. In doing so Johnstone shows that certain important questions in sociolinguistics and pragmatics can only be answered with reference to individual speakers. Johnstone's study is important both for the understanding of speech as expressive of self, and for the study of variation and mechanisms of linguistic choice and change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195101850
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Series:
Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Discourse, Society, and the Individual3
Ch. 2Resources and Reasons for Individual Style26
Ch. 3Individual Voice and Articulate Speaking59
Ch. 4Individual Variation in Scripted Talk92
Ch. 5Consistency and Individual Style128
Ch. 6Idiosyncracy and Its Interpretation157
Ch. 7Toward a Linguistics of the Individual Speaker178
Notes189
References195
Index209

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