Languages and Their Status

Languages and Their Status

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Languages and Their Status by Timothy Shopen

An introduction both to languages themselves and to their social role, Languages and Their Status gives insight into the meaning, value, and function of language within culture and into the ways language behavior varies and changes. It examines the part languages play in the evolution and structure of communities and, in turn, the ways languages are shaped by the social forces impinging on their speakers.

Each chapter discusses what it means to be a speaker of a particular language and puts that language in context among the languages of the world.

This volume is complemented by a second volume entitled Languages and Their Speakers, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812212495
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1987
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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