Sociolinguistics: The Study of Speakers' Choices / Edition 1

Sociolinguistics: The Study of Speakers' Choices / Edition 1

by Florian Coulmas
     
 

This new textbook provides a clear introduction to sociolinguistics, the study of why we speak the way we do, and the social factors that influence our linguistic decisions. Based on the notion of 'choice' - that as speakers we select from the options open to us - it provides a solid theoretical framework to deal with the most fascinating characteristic of language:… See more details below

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This new textbook provides a clear introduction to sociolinguistics, the study of why we speak the way we do, and the social factors that influence our linguistic decisions. Based on the notion of 'choice' - that as speakers we select from the options open to us - it provides a solid theoretical framework to deal with the most fascinating characteristic of language: its variability and diversity. Topics covered include dialects, gender- and age-specific speech forms, professional jargons, diglossia, bilingualism, code-switching, pidgin languages and language planning, all of which are unified by the common theme that speakers, by making choices, create their language. Drawing on linguistic variation from a wide range of societies and their languages, this is set to become a key text for all students of sociolinguistics, and will be welcomed by anyone interested in the complex interaction between language and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521543934
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : notions of language1
2Standard and dialect : social stratification as a factor of linguistic choice17
3Gendered speech : sex as a factor of linguistic choice36
4Communicating across generations : age as a factor of linguistic choice52
5Choice and change68
6Politeness : cultural dimensions of linguistic choice84
7Code-switching : linguistic choices across language boundaries107
8Diglossia and bilingualism : functional restrictions on language choice126
9Language spread, shift and maintenance : how groups choose their language146
10Language and identity : individual, social, national171
11Language planning : communication demands, public choice, utility184
12Select letters : a major divide204
13The language of choice220

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