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Thu May 6 1999

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, American Sociolinguistics, The Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria

Message 1: American Sociolinguistics, The Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria

Date: Thu, 06 May 1999 14:53:52 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: American Sociolinguistics, The Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria

John Benjamins Publishing announces the availability of these two works in

American Sociolinguistics.
Theorists and theory groups.
Stephen O. MURRAY
US & Canada: 1 55619 532 X / USD 29.95 (Paperback)
Rest of world: 90 272 2178 2 / NLG 60.00 (Paperback)

This is a revised version of Theory Groups and the Study of Language
in North America (1994), the post-World-War-II history of the
emergence of sociolinguistics in North America that was described in
Language in Society as "a heady combination of detailed scholarship,
mordant wit, and sustained narrative designed to persuade even the
skeptical reader that these myriad, often simultaneously emergent,
ways of thinking about language are indeed interrelated. . . . This is
an outspoken, engaging, rollicking, occasionally aggravating adventure
in the history of these sciences as related to their practice. . . not
to be missed by anyone who cares about the intellectual underpinnings
of the study of language in society," in Language as providing "the
closest approximation" to how sociolinguists came together and
developed the field, and in Lingua as providing "the most
comprehensive overviews of the various and varied approaches to
[American] linguistic research." American Sociolinguistics examines
both theory groups (such as the ethnography of speaking and
ethnoscience), and sociolinguistic scholars (such as William Labov,
Einar Haugen, and Erving Goffman) whose widely-known and
often-emulated work was not pursued by organized groups.

Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Theory groups in science; 3. 1950s
Studies of lexicons and psychiatry; 4. Sociologies of language;
5. Language contact and early sociolinguistics; 6. The ethnography of
speaking; 7. Related perspectives; 8. Ethnoscience; 9. 1980s
University of California ethnolinguistics; 10. Midwestern semiotics
and Georgetown pragmatics; 11. The turn away from language in
contemporary American anthropology; 12. Conclusions.

Neighborhood and Ancestry.
Variation in the spoken Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
Jonathan OWENS
IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society 4 
US & Canada: 1 55619 853 1 / USD 120.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 1834 X / NLG 240.00 (Hardcover)

Over the past 35 years urban sociolinguistics has developed upon the
base of detailed case studies carried out mainly in western
countries. A fundamental dichotomy informing the interpretation of
variation has been carried out within what is termed the
"standard-vernacular model". Higher vs. lower social class, power
vs. solidarity, open networks vs. closed networks are a few of the
conceptual dyads which have been invoked to order linguistic variation
operating with an input from a standard/vernacular source. The present
study, based on the spoken Arabic of Maiduguri, Nigeria, focuses on a
linguistic landscape where the notions of "standard" and "vernacular"
are of little relevance in ordering urban linguistic variants. It is
argued that linguistic variation is best conceptualized and ordered in
terms of the twin variables of neighborhood and ancestral norms. A
detailed analysis of 13 linguistic variables based on a corpus of
about 500,000 words invokes an urban linguistic world different from
that in the West. To integrate this landscape into current
sociolinguistic thinking a typology of urban variation is outlined
using familar, yet relatively unutilized sociolinguistic parameters:
neighborhood, ancestry, minority status and institutionalization.

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