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The linguistic individual : self-expression in language and linguistics

Author: Barbara Johnstone
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Series: Oxford studies in sociolinguistics.
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Linguists usually discuss language or dialects in terms of groups of speakers. Believing that patterns can be seen more clearly in the group than the individual, researchers often present group scores with no indication of the variation within the group. Even though linguists acknowledge thatno two individuals speak alike, few study individual variation and voice. Barbara Johnstone makes a case for the individual's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Johnstone, Barbara.
Linguistic individual.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(DLC) 95021703
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Johnstone
ISBN: 9780195356335 0195356330 9780195101843 0195101847
OCLC Number: 252595827
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 215 pages).
Contents: CHAPTER 1 Discourse, Society, and the Individual; Aaahh ... ; The Physical Voice; Linguistics and the Individual; Discourse Analysis; CHAPTER 2 Resources and Reasons for Individual Style; Two Stories; Creating a Context; Narrating; Moving In and Out of the Narrative; Marking Key Points; Reasons for Variation; Narrative and Individuation; CHAPTER 3 Individual Voice and Articulate Speaking; Articulateness and Self-Expression; Two Articulate Voices; Readiness; Clarity; Effectiveness; Two Self-Portraits; Loci for the Expression of Self in Academic English. Social Identity, Rhetorical Adaptation, and Personal StyleCHAPTER 4 Individual Variation in Scripted Talk; The Texas Poll; Individual Variation Among the Respondents; Justifications of Answers; Answers to an Open-Ended Question; Answers to a Multiple-Choice Question; What Were the Respondents Doing?; Individual Variation Among the Interviewers; Unsolicited Comments on Answers; Introductions; What Were the Interviewers Doing?; Politeness in Scripted Talk; Discourse Task Management; Cultural Individualism and Linguistic Individuation; CHAPTER 5 Consistency and Individual Style. The Barbara Jordan StyleThe Texts: Two Case Studies; Linguistic Correlates of Personal Authority; Barbara Jordan: Speaking Consistently from Moral Authority; Sunny Nash: Inconsistency and Pragmatic Flexibility; Strategies for Personal Style; CHAPTER 6 Idiosyncracy and Its Interpretation; Discourse Markers and Conventional Interpretations; Strategies for Discourse Marking; So: Conventional Marking and Interpretation; One time in particular: Semiconventional Marking, Semantic Inference; And uh, uh: Nonconventional, Uninferable Marking; Repetition and the Interpretation of Idiosyncracy. Grammar, Convention, and RepetitionCHAPTER 7 Toward a Linguistics of the Individual Speaker; Language as Art; Major Themes Reiterated; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.
Series Title: Oxford studies in sociolinguistics.
Responsibility: Barbara Johnstone.
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An examination of various discourse genres, showing how choices among linguistic resources are mediated by self-expressive choices. Linguistic consistency across various situations is discussed with  Read more...

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