Sociolinguistics: A Reader and Coursebook (Modern Linguistics Series) / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Studying language in its social context has been of central importance to linguists for several decades. The field of sociolinguistics is a diverse discipline which addresses important questions on how language reflects, structures, and dominates social life. In the first volume of its kind, the editors have assembled a definitive view of the discipline bringing together much original work in sociolinguistics, ranging from fundamental theoretical statements and methodological articles, to classic explorations in dialect and style variation, language attitude and stereotyping, multilingualism, face-to-face interaction and ethnography of communication. The contributors are eminent sociolinguists acclaimed internationally as pioneers and leading authorities in the field. The book includes 37 essays grouped into eight thematic sections and has been carefully structured to introduce the field and its central concerns.
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John Haldon Lectures at the Centre for Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham.
Table of ContentsIntroduction PART 1: SOCIOLINGUISTICS: ORIGINS, DEFINITIONS AND APPROACHES The Scope of Sociolinguistics; D.Hymes Linguistics and Sociolinguistics; W.Labov The Sociology of Language; J.Fishman Language in a Social Perspective; M.Halliday Communicative Competence; J.J.Gumperz Social Semiotics, Style and Ideology; R.Hodge & G.Kress Demythologizing Sociolinguistics; D.Cameron PART 2: METHODS FOR STUDYING LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY Field Linguistics; L.Milroy Field Methods in the Study of Social Dialects; W.Wolfram & R.W.Fasold Speech Events and Natural Speech; N.Wolfson The Ethnographic Analysis of Communicative Events; M.Saville-Troike Ethics, Advocacy and Empowerment in Researching Language; D.Cameron, E.Frazer, P.Harvey, B.Rampton & K.Richardson PART 3: VARIATIONIST SOCIOLINGUISTICS The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City Department Stores; W.Labov The Social Differentiation of English in Norwich; P.Trudgill Linguistic Variation and Social Function; J.Cheshire Network Structure and Linguistic Change; J.Milroy The Whole Woman: Sex and Gender Differences in Variation; P.Eckert PART 4: STYLISTIC VARIATION Accommodation Theory; H.Giles & P.Powesland Language Style as Audience Design; A.Bell Acts of Conflicting Identity: The Sociolinguistics of British Pop-song Pronunciation; P.Trudgill PART 5: LANGUAGE, ATTITUDES AND SOCIAL STEREOTYPES Social Groups and Social Stereotypes; M.Hewstone & H.Giles Social Class and the Identification of Sex in Children's Speech; J.R.Edwards Language Attitudes in a Danish Movie-theatre; T.Kristiansen Language Policies and Language Attitudes: le Monde de la Francophonie; R.Y.Bourhis PART 6: MULTILINGUALISM Language, Ethnicity and Racism; J.A.Fishman Language Standardisation; E.Haugen Pidgin English Advertising; S.Romaine Language Selection and Switching in Three Strasbourg Department Stores; P.Gardner-Chloros Language Change and Sex Roles in a Bilingual Community; S.Gal PART 7: INTERACTIONAL SOCIOLINGUISTICS Interethnic Communication; J.J.Gumperz Patois and the Politics of Protest: Black English in British Classrooms; V.Edwards Interaction: The Work Women Do; P.M.Fishman Cultural Dimensions of Language Acquisition; E.Ochs PART 8: LANGUAGE AND CULTURE The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behaviour to Language; B.L.Whorf The Biculture in the Bilingual; M.Agar Rules for Ritual Insults; W.Labov The Sociology of Compliment Work in Polish and English; R.K.Herbert
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