An Introduction to Language and Society
This text explores some of the ways in which the life of language intermingles with the life of society. It explores the ways in which children learn language in interaction with those around them, thereby developing a resource for making sense of their world. The author considers the function of language in everyday encounters and in shaping social relations. Finally he looks at the ways in which our habitual ways of seeing and engaging with the world may be shaped by the categories, systems and patterns of our language. The text also assesses the ways in which we communicate with each other - from satellite and cable communication systems to virtual reality and the information superhighway.
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