Style and Sociolinguistic Variation

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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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"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."
-Virginia Acuna Ferreira, Universidade de Vigo, Estudios de Sociolinguistica

"The book is definitely the best integrative and comparative overview of sociolinguistic variation research available[...]The book definitely deserves to be put onto the required reading list for all directly involved in vernacular language programs, and especially those of us who see the importance of register studies for applied issues in literacy. On the whole, one gets much more out of this book than you could out of any average book on sociolinguistics, regardless of whether you work in language description, literacy, or translation."
-Oliver Stegen, SIL International

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521591911
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 360
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Anthropological approaches
1 "Style" as distinctiveness: the culture and ideology in linguistic differentiation 21
2 Variety, style-shifting, and ideology 44
3 The ethnography of genre in a Mexican market: form, function, variation 57
4 The question of genre 78
Pt. 2 Attention paid to speech
5 The anatomy of style-shifting 85
6 A dissection of style-shifting 109
7 Style and social meaning 119
8 Zeroing in on multifunctionality and style 127
Pt. 3 Audience design and self-identification
9 Back in style: reworking audience design 139
10 Primitives of a system for "style" and "register" 170
11 Language, situation, and the relational self: theorizing dialect-style in sociolinguistics 185
12 Couplandia and beyond 211
13 Style and stylizing from the perspective of a non-autonomous sociolinguistics 220
Pt. 4 Functionally motivated situational variation
14 Register variation and social dialect variation: the Register Axiom 235
15 Conversation, spoken language, and social identity 268
16 Style and the psycholinguistics of sociolinguistics: the logical problem of language variation 279
References 305
Index 338
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