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An introduction to sociolinguistics

Author: Janet Holmes
Publisher: London : Longman, 1992.
Series: Learning about language.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Part of the "Learning About Language" series, this text examines sociolinguistics and covers such topics as multilingual speech communities and language variation.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Holmes, Janet, 1947-
Introduction to sociolinguistics.
London ; New York : Longman, 1992
(OCoLC)648508811
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Holmes
ISBN: 0582060621 9780582060623
OCLC Number: 24630930
Notes: Author is a New Zealander.
Description: xvi, 412 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. What do sociolinguists study? What is a sociolinguist? Why do we say the same thing in different ways? What are the different ways we say things? Social factors, dimensions and explanations --
Sect. I. Multilingual Speech Communities. 2. Language choice in multilingual communities. Choosing your variety or code. Diglossia. Code-switching or code-mixing. 3. Language maintenance and shift. Language shift in different communities. Language death and language loss. Factors contributing to language shift. How can a minority language be maintained? Language revival. 4. Linguistic varieties and multilingual nations. Vernacular languages. Standard languages. Lingua francas. Pidgins and creoles. 5. National languages and language planning. National and official languages. Planning for a national official language. Developing a standard variety in Norway. The linguist's role in language planning --
Sect. II. Language Variation: reflecting its users. 6. Regional and social dialects. Regional variation. Social variation. Social dialects. 7. Sex and age. Sex-exclusive speech differences. Sex-preferential speech features. Sex and social class. Explanations of women's linguistic behaviour. Age-graded features of speech. Age and social dialect data. 8. Ethnicity and social networks. Ethnicity. Social networks. 9. Language change. Variation and change. How do changes spread? How do we study language change? Reasons for language change --
Sect. III. Language Variation: reflecting its uses. 10. Style, context and register. Addressee as an influence on style. Accommodation theory. Context, style and class. Style in non-Western societies. Register. 11. Speech functions, politeness and cross-cultural communication. The functions of speech. Politeness and address forms. Linguistic politeness in different cultures. 12. Sex, politeness and stereotypes. Women's language and confidence. Interaction. Gossip. Sexist language. 13. Attitudes and applications. Attitudes to language. Sociolinguistics and education. 14. Conclusion. Sociolinguistic competence. Dimensions of sociolinguistic analysis. Sociolinguistic universals --
Appendix: phonetic symbols.
Series Title: Learning about language.
Responsibility: Janet Holmes.

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