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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Author: Janet Holmes

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ISBN: 9780582328617


learning about languageGeneral Editors: Geoffrey Leech and Mick Short, Lancaster UniversityWhat is sociolinguistics?This introductory textbook provides a penetrating answer to this question, explaining basic sociolinguistic concepts through a wide range of examples, and by drawing on 'classic' approaches to the subject as well as from the most recent research. The book is conveniently divided into three sections: Section one shows how language is used in multilingual speech communities and explains the varying patterns of language use. Janet Holmes examines how and why languages change within society and highlights the factors that lead to the displacement of one language by another and sometimes the death of a language. Section two explores social reasons for language change, looking at language change in monolingual communities and the features of a variety of dialects. The author shows how and why differing racial and social groups develop and maintain speech variations. The final section assesses how attitudes to language affect speech and shows that linguistic responses depend on a variety of contextual factors - for example, the status of the person being addressed and our re ISBN:9780582328617

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Weight640 g
Dimensions229 × 152 × 23 mm
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