Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society

Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society


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Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society by Peter Trudgill, Peter Trudjill

The way we talk is deeply influenced by our class, sex and ethnic background. It can also have a profound effect on how we are perceived by others. In this fully updated edition of a classic text, Peter Trudgill explores the evidence -- and the huge implications for social and educational policy.

Why do men swear more than women? How do speech styles of most Black Americans, and whites growing up in 'Black areas', differ from those of other whites? Does it make sense to defend a language against 'contamination' from foreign words and phrases? Why are languages dying out at a catastrophic rate and what can we do about it? Should Serbo-Croat now be called Serbian, Croatian or even Bosnian? And in what sense, if any, is standard French 'better' than Quebecois or High German 'better' than Schweizerdeutsch?

Such questions illuminate many fascinating aspects of human communication, but they also lie at the heart of fierce political debates about how states should deal with their linguistic minorities, when teachers should correct their pupils' grammar and pronunciation, and whether language promotes racial and sexual stereotypes. Only sociolinguists can provide objective answers: their key conclusions are set out in this celebrated book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140239263
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/1996
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Peter Trudgill is professor of English linguistics at Fribourg, Switzerland. An author of many books and articles on sociolinguistics and dialectology, he has carried out linguistic fieldwork in most countries.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Maps and Tablesvii
Phonetic Symbolsxi
1Sociolinguistics--Language and Society1
2Language and Social Class23
3Language and Ethnic Group42
4Language and Sex61
5Language and Context81
6Language and Social Interaction105
7Language and Nation119
8Language and Geography147
9Language and Contact165
10Language and Humanity185
Annotated Bibliography and Further Reading205

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