Languages and Their Status

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Timothy Shopen
University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 335 pages
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An introduction both to languages themselves and to their social role, Languages and Their Status gives insight into the meaning, value, and function of language within culture and into the ways language behavior varies and changes. It examines the part languages play in the evolution and structure of communities and, in turn, the ways languages are shaped by the social forces impinging on their speakers.

Each chapter discusses what it means to be a speaker of a particular language and puts that language in context among the languages of the world.

This volume is complemented by a second volume entitledLanguages and Their Speakers, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

  

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Contents

Preface to the 1987 Edition
1
A PAPUAN LANGUAGE OF NEW GUINEA
35
RUSSIAN
91
CAPE YORK CREOLE
153
SWAHILI
209
DIALECT VARIATIONS AND LANGUAGE
295
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About the author (1987)

Timothy Shopen is former Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the Australian National University.

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