LINGUIST List 12.1849

Wed Jul 18 2001

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Vinegrad, Anna, Sociolinguistics: Introduction to Sociolinguistics 2nd Edition

Message 1: Sociolinguistics: Introduction to Sociolinguistics 2nd Edition

Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 13:25:39 +0100
From: Vinegrad, Anna <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics: Introduction to Sociolinguistics 2nd Edition

by Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington 

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 reasons for speaking.

This new edition has been updated thoroughly throughout, and adds new
sections on social constructionist approaches to language and gender,
and the concept of community of practice. There is also a completely
new chapter on language, cognition and culture, which introduces
students to the ideas of Benjamin Lee Whorf, as well as to the wider
implications of the important concept of linguistic relativity.

Containing a series of student exercises and suggestions for further
reading, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics is an essential
introductory text for students of sociolinguistics and anyone
interested in the study of language.

Learning About Language

ISBN 0582 328616
�18.99 UK

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