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LINGUIST List 20.2541

Sat Jul 18 2009

Books: Anthropological Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Cheshire

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Variation in an English Dialect: Cheshire

Message 1: Variation in an English Dialect: Cheshire
Date: 16-Jul-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Variation in an English Dialect: Cheshire
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Title: Variation in an English Dialect
Subtitle: A Sociolinguistic Study
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 37
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Jenny Cheshire
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521117159 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 14.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521117159 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 26.99
Abstract:

Note: This is the re-issue of a previously published book.

Dr Cheshire's fieldwork concentrates on phonological variation in
spontaneous everyday conversation. She interviews a group of non-standard
English speakers living in Reading, Berkshire. Her data provides a basis
for a perceptive analysis of variation in contemporary English and of the
nature and function of variation in general. She specifically focuses on
morphological and syntactic variation, and thus also provides a valid
description between standard English and a variety used by working-class
speakers, which will interest not only linguists including sociolinguists
and dialectologists, but many workers in education. Linguistic and social
constraints on variation are established, and the analysis also
demonstrates how speakers are able to exploit the resources of the language
system to convey social meaning. The data Dr Cheshire has collected are in
themselves an important contribution to the study of language in its social
context, whilst the analysis has significant theoretical implications for
diachronic and synchronic linguistics.

Acknowledgements;
Introduction;
Part I. Methodology:
1. Preliminary considerations;
2. Data collection;
3. Methods of analysis;
Part II. Linguistic Variation:
4. Verb forms;
5. Negation;
6. Relative pronouns;
7. Other nonstandard forms;
Part III. Sociolinguistic Variation:
8. Social variation;
9. Stylistic variation;
Conclusion;
Appendix;
Bibliography;
Index of authors;
General index.


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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