Style: Language Variation and Identity

Style: Language Variation and Identity

by Nikolas Coupland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521618142

ISBN-13: 9780521618144

Pub. Date: 07/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Style refers to ways of speaking - how speakers use the resource of language variation to make meaning in social encounters. This 2007 book develops a coherent theoretical approach to style in sociolinguistics, illustrated with copious examples. It explains how speakers project different social identities and create different social relationships through their

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Overview

Style refers to ways of speaking - how speakers use the resource of language variation to make meaning in social encounters. This 2007 book develops a coherent theoretical approach to style in sociolinguistics, illustrated with copious examples. It explains how speakers project different social identities and create different social relationships through their style choices, and how speech-style and social context inter-relate. Style therefore refers to the wide range of strategic actions and performances that speakers engage in, to construct themselves and their social lives. Coupland draws on and integrates a wide variety of contemporary sociolinguistic research as well as his own extensive research in this field. The emphasis is on how social meanings are made locally, in specific relationships, genres, groups and cultures, and on studying language variation as part of the analysis of spoken discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521618144
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Series:
Key Topics in Sociolinguistics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Style and meaning in sociolinguistic structure; 3. Style for audiences; 4. Sociolinguistic resources for styling; 5. Styling social identities; 6. High performance and identity stylisation; 7. Coda: style and social reality.

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