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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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9781405186681

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1405186682
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Pub. Date:
10/12/2009
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Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

This comprehensive new edition of Wardhaugh's textbook incorporates additional study features and numerous new and updated references to bring the book completely up-to-date, whilst maintaining the features that made the book so popular with lecturers and students: accessible coverage of a wide range of issues, clearly written, and with useful student study features. A fully revised new edition of Ronald Wardhaugh's popular introduction to sociolinguistics, which now includes over 150 new and updated references and new study features throughout Features new "Explorations" sections in each chapter incorporating suggested readings, discussion sections, and exercises - all designed to encourage students to develop their own skills and ideas Reflects new developments in the field, providing greater focus on ideas such as identity, solidarity, and markedness Provides balanced coverage of a range of topics, including: language dialects, pidgins and Creoles, codes, bilingualism, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning Comprehensive and accessible, it is the ideal introduction for students coming to sociolinguistics for the first time

Author Biography

Ronald Wardhaugh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of a number of books, including Proper English (1998) and Understanding English Grammar, second edition (2003), both published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Knowledge of Language
Variation
Language and Society
Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language
Methodological Concerns
Overview
Further Reading
Languages and Communities
Languages, Dialects, and Varieties
Language or Dialect?
Standardization
Regional Dialects
Social Dialects
Styles, Registers, and Beliefs
Further Reading
Pidgins and Creoles
Lingua Francas
Definitions
Distribution and Characteristics
Origins
From Pidgin to Creole and Beyond
Further Reading
Codes
Diglossia
Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Code-Switching
Accommodation
Further Reading
Speech Communities
Definitions
Intersecting Communities
Networks and Repertoires
Further Reading
Inherent Variety
Language Variation
Regional Variation
The Linguistic Variable
Social Variation
Data Collection and Analysis
Further Reading
Some Findings and Issues
An Early Study
New York City
Norwich and Reading
A Variety of Studies
Belfast
Controversies
Further Reading
Change
The Traditional View
Some Changes in Progress
The Process of Change
Further Reading
Words at Work
Words and Culture
Whorf
Kinship
Taxonomies
Color
Prototypes
Taboo and Euphemism
Further Reading
Ethnographies
Varieties of Talk
The Ethnography of Speaking
Ethnomethodology
Further Reading
Solidarity and Politeness
Tu and Vous
Address Terms
Politeness
Further Reading
Talk and Action
Speech Acts
Cooperation
Conversation
Further Reading
Understanding and Intervening
Gender
Differences
Possible Explanations
Further Reading
Disadvantage
Codes Again
African American English
Consequences for Education
Further Reading
Planning
Issues
A Variety of Situations
Further Examples
Winners and Losers
Further Reading
Conclusion
References
Index
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