LINGUIST List 11.1300

Fri Jun 9 2000

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Laura Driussi, Socioling: The Language War, Robin Tolmach Lakoff

Message 1: Socioling: The Language War, Robin Tolmach Lakoff

Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 10:39:46 -0700
From: Laura Driussi <>
Subject: Socioling: The Language War, Robin Tolmach Lakoff


Robin Tolmach Lakoff

The Language War

Hardcover: 0-520-21666-0; x, 322 pp.; $24.95.

Using recent news events, Lakoff (University of California, Berkeley)
demonstrates how the struggle for power and status at the end of the
century is being played out as a war over language. Written for the
general reader and for students as well as for fellow linguists, the
book bridges the work of the linguistic scholar with that of the
cultural analyst.

"Provocative, dazzlingly argued essays. . . . Lakoff shines in her
careful reading of how declarative sentences paraded as questions in
the Hill/Thomas hearings or of how jokes about 'Hebonics' (the
Jewish-American language) underlined the unspoken racism in the
media's attack on ebonics."
 - Publishers Weekly Forecasts, starred review

Visit to see the table of
contents and to view a full chapter, "Hillary Rodham Clinton: What the
Sphinx Thinks."

University of California Press
2120 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Tel: 510-643-1036
Fax: 510-643-7127
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