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Introducing Sociolinguistics.

Author: Miriam Meyerhoff
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This second edition of Miriam Meyerhoff's highly successful textbook is supported by the Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader and online resources common to both books. It provides a solid, up-to-date appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field covering foundation issues, recent advances and current debates. It presents familiar or classic data in new ways, and supplements the familiar with fresh examples  Read more...
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Meyerhoff, Miriam.
Introducing Sociolinguistics.
Hoboken : Taylor & Francis, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Miriam Meyerhoff
ISBN: 9781135284435 1135284431 9780203874196 0203874196
OCLC Number: 768081319
Notes: Introduction.
Description: 1 online resource (364 pages)
Contents: Front Cover; Introducing Sociolinguistics; Copyright Page; Contents; List of figure; List of tables; Sounds and symbols used in the text; Acknowledgements; Maps; 1. Introduction; What is sociolinguistics?; How do sociolinguists study sociolinguistics?; Making broader connections; Sociolinguistic questions; Structure of this book; On quantitative and qualitative methods; On sociolinguistic methods more generally; Using this book with The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader; 2. Variation and language; Variables and variants; Regional dialectology: mapping speakers and places. Using regional dialect data to inform theoryStandards, norms and alternations from the norms; Martha's vineyard: a study of social dialects; Stereotypes, markers and indicators; Factors motivating variation; Chapter summary; Further reading; 3. Variation and style; Introduction; Studying variation in speakers' style; The new york City social dialect survey; Prestige of a variable; In search of the unknowable: the observer's paradox; Challenging style as attention to speech; Chapter summary; Further reading; 4. Language attitudes; Introduction; Language attitudes in language change. Linguistic relativismReclaiming derogatory terms; Perceptual dialectology; Attitudes to language: identities and accommodation; Social identity theory; Accommodation theory; Chapter summary; Further reading; 5. Being polite as a variable in speech; Introduction; Theories of politeness; Applications of politeness theory: intercultural communication; Critiques of politeness theory; Chapter summary; Further reading; 6. Multilingualism and language choice; Introduction; Language policy and language planning in multilingual societies; Language rights in South Africa's constitution. Language rights in Vanuatu's constitutionEthnolinguistic vitality; Using the model of language vitality; Diglossia in a community; Is 'vitality' the same as 'prestige'?; Code switching and code mixing; Speech levels as different codes; Chapter summary; Further reading; 7. Real time and apparent time; Introduction; Studying change over time; Real time studies of change; Apparent time studies of change; Real time tests of the apparent time construct; Profiles of change; Challenges associated with real and apparent time sampling; Language and ageing; Chapter summary; Further reading. 8. Social classIntroduction; Social class; Class as a factor in linguistic variation; Fine and broad stratification; Cross-over effects and change from above/ below; Class and historical sociolinguistics; The intersection of class and style; Chapter summary; Further reading; 9. Social networks and communities of practice; Introduction; Social networks; Communities of practice: highly local networks; Case studies of social networks and language variation; Not all networks are equal; How occupation interacts with social networks; Who leads?; Chapter summary; Further reading; 10. Gender.

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This second edition of Miriam Meyerhoff's highly successful textbook is supported by the Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader and online resources common to both books. It provides a solid, up-to-date appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field covering foundation issues, recent advances and current debates. It presents familiar or classic data in new ways, and supplements the familiar with fresh examples from a wide range of languages and social settings. It clearly explains the patterns and systems that underlie language variation in use, as well as the ways in which alternations.

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