Folk Linguistics

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Bod Third Party Titles, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 375 pages
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Folk knowledge of language has not engaged linguists very often in the history of that field. Introductory texts often disparage folkbelief in contrast to 'scientific truth'. In fact, language is a ubiquitous topic of discussion and general concern of the folk. They talk about grammar, pronunciation, first and second language learning, language disabilities, dialects, gender and language, and a host of other topics. This book approaches such beliefs as one of the most important aspects of ethnography. Surely what a people believe about their language is as important as any other key to an understanding of their culture.;

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Nancy A. Niedzielski is Assistant Professor at Rice University, Houston, USA.

Dennis R. Preston is Professor at Michigan State University, USA.

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