LINGUIST List 12.609

Mon Mar 5 2001

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Socioling: A Comparative Sociolinguistic Study of Rural & Urban Sindhi

Message 1: Socioling: A Comparative Sociolinguistic Study of Rural & Urban Sindhi

Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 16:05:06 +0100
Subject: Socioling: A Comparative Sociolinguistic Study of Rural & Urban Sindhi

A Comparative Sociolinguistic Study of Rural and Urban Sindhi 
(Study of Language Variation and Change in Sindhi Spoken in Sindh, Pakistan) 

Qasim Bughio
University of Sindh, Jamshoro

This thesis is a quantitative study of sociolinguistic variation in
the Vicholi (central) dialect of spoken Sindhi in Sindh, a south east
province of Pakistan. Two speech communities are investigated, one
urban and one rural. By an analysis of the speech of the urban area
(Hyderabad) and the rural community (Old Hala) the thesis investigates
linguistic change in both speech communities and effects a comparison
of the two sets of changes. In the study major social transitional
events are identified and it is argued that linguistic variation in
the two speech communities is sensitive to such change.

The study consists of seven chapters: 

Chapter one introduces the locale of research and discusses theoretical
sociolinguistic concepts and issues of relevance to this study. Also
included in this chapter is a socio-historical discussion of Sindh which
serves as a background for the reader. 

Chapter two reviews the diachronic sociolinguistic situation in Sindh -
particular emphsis is placed on the inception of Pakistan which is felt
to have triggered linguistic variation in the two speech communities. 

Chapter three is an account of the research methodology. A brief
discussion of linguistic change appears here, after which the sampling
methods and the method of statistical analysis are discussed. 

Chapter four, five and six examine the results of the analysis of
variation in the use of the three phonological variables - the
diphthong, vowel and (r) variables - which have been correlated with the
social parameters of age, education and sex. 

Chapter seven concludes the thesis with a brief summary of the findings. 

ISBN 3 89586 332 7 
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