Sociolinguistic Variation: Theories, Methods, and Applications

Sociolinguistic Variation: Theories, Methods, and Applications

by Robert Bayley, Ceil Lucas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521871271

ISBN-13: 9780521871273

Pub. Date: 11/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Why does human language vary from one person, or one group, to another? In what ways does it vary? How do linguists go about studying variation in, say, the sound system or the sentence structure of a particular language? Why is the study of language variation important outside the academic world - in, say, education, the law, employment, or housing? This book

Overview

Why does human language vary from one person, or one group, to another? In what ways does it vary? How do linguists go about studying variation in, say, the sound system or the sentence structure of a particular language? Why is the study of language variation important outside the academic world - in, say, education, the law, employment, or housing? This book provides an overview of these questions, bringing together a team of experts to survey key areas within the study of language variation and language change.

Covering both the range of methods used to research variation in language, and the applications of such research to a variety of social contexts, it is essential reading for advanced students and researchers in sociolinguistics, communication, linguistic anthropology, and applied linguistics.

About the Author:
Robert Bayley is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Davis

About the Author:
Ceil Lucas is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521871273
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     ix
List of tables     x
Acknowledgments     xii
Notes on editors and contributors     xiii
Introduction   Robert Bayley   Ceil Lucas     1
Theories
Variation and phonological theory   Gregory R. Guy     5
Syntactic variation   Lisa Green     24
The psycholinguistic unity of inherent variability: old Occam whips out his razor   Ralph W. Fasold   Dennis R. Preston     45
The study of variation in historical perspective   Kirk Hazen     70
Style in dialogue: Bakhtin and sociolinguistic theory   Allan Bell     90
Variation and historical linguistics   Michael Montgomery     110
Second language acquisition: a variationist perspective   Robert Bayley     133
Variation and modality   Ceil Lucas     145
Methods
Sociolinguistic fieldwork   Natalie Schilling-Estes     165
Quantitative analysis   Sali A. Tagliamonte     190
Sociophonetics   Erik R. Thomas     215
Applications
Sociolinguistic variation and education   Carolyn Temple Adger   Donna Christian     237
Lessons learned from the Ebonics controversy: implications for language assessment   A. Fay Vaughn-Cooke     254
Variation, versatility, and Contrastive Analysis in the classroom   Angela E. Rickford   John R. Rickford     276
Social-political influences on research practices: examining language acquisition by African American children   Ida J. Stockman     297
Sociolinguistic variation and the law   Ronald R. Butters     318
Attitudes toward variation and ear-witness testimony   John Baugh     338
Afterword: Walt Wolfram and the study of sociolinguistic variation   Roger W. Shuy     349
References     354
Index     393

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