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Sociolinguistics: The Study Of Speakers' Choices

Sociolinguistics: The Study Of Speakers' Choices

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Florian Coulmas
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 8/15/2013
EAN 9781107675568, ISBN10: 1107675561

Paperback, 320 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

Why do we speak the way we do? What are the social factors that influence our choices of expression? This best-selling introduction to the study of language and society encourages students to think about these fundamental questions, asking how and why we select from the vast range of different words, accents, varieties and languages available to us. In this new and updated edition, students are taken step-by-step through the analysis of linguistic expressions, speech varieties and languages in complex settings. Enriched with recent findings from different languages and speech communities around the world, this comprehensive textbook equips students with knowledge of the main concepts and gives them a coherent view of the complex interaction of language and society. • 'Questions for Discussion' help students understand how speakers' choices are conditioned by the society in which they live • New to this edition is a rich repertoire of online resources and further reading, enabling students to investigate more deeply and advance their learning • Includes a topical new chapter on research ethics, guiding students on the ethical questions involved in sociolinguistic research.

1. Introduction
notions of language
Part I. Micro-choices
2. Standard and dialect
social stratification as a factor of linguistic choice
3. Gendered speech
sex as a factor of linguistic choice
4. Communicating across generations
age as a factor of linguistic choice
5. Choice and change
6. Politeness
cultural dimensions of linguistic choice
Part II. Macro-choices
7. Code-switching
linguistic choices across language boundaries
8. Diglossia and bilingualism
functional restrictions on language choice
9. Language spread, shift and maintenance
how groups choose their language
10. Language and identity
individual, social, national
11. Language planning
communication demands, public choice, utility
12. Select letters
a major divide
13. The language of choice
14. Research ethics.

'To write a great introductory text you have to make a statement about fundamental issues. Here, the notion of choice bridges the gap between micro and macrosociolinguistics and brings both cohesion and edge to the book.' Frans Gregersen, The Lanchart Centre, University of Copenhagen

'This is the book I'd [choose] to introduce students to the fast developing field of sociolinguistics, for it combines clear explanations with intriguing examples.' Bernard Spolsky, Professor Emeritus, Bar-Ilan University

'A highly original synthesis of decades of sociolinguistics research, and an agenda setter, around the key notion of 'choice', for many years to come.' Li Wei, Birkbeck, University of London