Sociolinguistics: The Study of Speakers' Choices

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Cambridge University Press, May 5, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 263 pages
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This accessible new textbook provides a clear introduction to sociolinguistics, the study of why we speak the way we do, and the social factors that influence our linguistic decisions. Based on the notion of 'choice' - that as speakers we select from the options open to us - it provides a solid theoretical framework to deal with the most fascinating characteristic of language: its variability and diversity. Topics covered include dialects, gender and age specific speech forms, professional jargons, diglossia, bilingualism, code-switching, pidgin languages, and language planning, all of which are unified by the common theme that speakers, by making choices, create their language. Drawing on linguistic variation from a wide range of societies and their languages, this is set to become a key text for all students of sociolinguistics, and will be welcomed by anyone interested in the complex interaction between language and society.
  

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Contents

I
1
II
15
III
17
IV
33
V
36
VI
50
VII
52
VIII
66
XVII
144
XVIII
146
XIX
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XX
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XXII
182
XXIII
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XXIV
202
XXV
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XI
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XII
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XIII
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XIV
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XV
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XVI
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XXVI
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XXVII
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XXVIII
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XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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Florian Coulmas is Director of the German Institute of Japanese Studies, Tokyo.

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