What Is Sociolinguistics?

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 15, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 296 pages
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What is Sociolinguistics? is a tour through the major issues that define the field, such as region, status, gender, time, language attitudes, interaction, and style, while also exploring the sociolinguistics of multilingualism, culture and ethnicity, language contact, and education, all introduced with excitement, humor, and deep knowledge.
  • Explores the sociolinguistics of multilingualism, culture and ethnicity, language contact, and education
  • Provides useful and clear learning features including numerous innovative  exercises and project ideas, spotlighted research readings, glossary terms, chapter summaries, and text boxes
  • The Companion Website for Instructors (www.wiley.com/go/vanherkprofs) has PowerPoint slides for each chapter with suggestions for framing class discussions and exercises, further examples on concepts discussed in the book, tips on additional readings to bring in, and ready-to-go slides for class presentation.

  • The Companion Website for Students (www.wiley.com/go/vanherk) includes links for every chapter from standard sociolinguistic tools to links designed to spark discussion relevant to each chapter, including video clips, oral histories, articles, and more.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Language and Society
10
Dialect slang accent variety
15
Place
25
Dialect leveling
28
Talk like a pirate
41
Social Status
47
Moving on up
54
Interaction
116
Ethnography as a research practice
119
Multilingualism
127
Where to next?
132
11
136
Attitudes and Ideologies
148
Language as a Social Entity
161
Education
175

Time
60
Language change and age grading in Panama
65
Ethnicity
75
Calling people names
79
7
85
Ska pronouns
92
Style
104
Different tasks different attention to speech
106
What is Sociolinguistics?
188
21
196
Glossary
197
Bibliography
213
33
224
Index
229
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Gerard Van Herk is a Canada Research Chair in Regional Language and Oral Text at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has researched and written on varieties of the English language and is the editor of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (eds. with C. Mallinson and B. Childs, 2013).

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