This thoroughly revised and updated edition is an accessible introduction to the social aspects of language and their various explanations. Topics covered include domains of language use, language change, code-switching, speech as social action, and the nature of meaning and understanding. This second edition includes an analysis of language standardisation, language conflict and planning.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -249) and index.
Oxford Applied Linguistics features books providing thorough yet accessible coverage of controversial topics related to language use, including learning, teaching, research, and policy. All titles are based on extensive research and include comprehensive bibliographies. The authors are noted authorities in their fields.
Sociolinguistics is the study of the different ways in which different groups of people use language. This book provides a brief but comprehensive introduction to the field, making links with related disciplines such as history, politics, and gender studies.
The second edition of this textbook has been thoroughly revised to include discussion of developments in sociolinguistics since the mid-1980s, referring in the process to some 100 recent books and papers. The book provides a comprehensive coverage of most of the topics dealt with in courses described as either "sociolinguistics" or "the sociology of language". Ronald Wardhaugh examines in full - dialect, language variation, pidgin and Creole languages, language change, ethnography, language and gender, and social codes. He gives a useful analysis of statistical methodology and a comprehensive introduction to the central topics of sociolinguistics. Each topic dealt with concludes with questions for discussion in the classroom, and references for further reading.
An introduction to the ways in which aspects of the environment, age, race, class, the part of the country we come from - and other factors - influence how we speak. This is the second title in the "Penguin English Linguistics" series which offers a grounding in different aspects of linguistics.
Written by a linguist who is himself a journalist, this is a uniquely informed account of the language of the news media. The aim of this book is to explore this influential language, to ask what the patterns of media discourse tell readers about wider linguistic issues, and what they also reveal about news and the media.
Raymond Williams’ seminal exploration of the meaning of some of the most important words in the English language. First published in 1976, and expanded in 1983, KEYWORDS reveals how the meanings of 131 words – including "art", "class", "family", "media", "sex" and "tradition" – were formed and subsequently altered and redefined as the historical contexts in which they were used changed. Neither a defining dictionary or glossary, KEYWORDS is rather a brilliant investigation into how the meanings of some of the most important words in the English language have shifted over time, and the forces that brought about those shifts.
"An Introduction to Language and Society" explores how our ways of seeing and engaging with the world may be shaped by the categories, systems and patterns of language. This second edition includes new material on gender, register, the speech community, language and subcultures, and language and representation.