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Title: Corpus and Sociolinguistics
Subtitle: Investigating age and gender in female talk
Written By: BrĂ³na Murphy
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 38

Age is by far the most underdeveloped of the sociolinguistic variables in
terms of research literature. To-date, research on age has been patchy and
has generally focused on the early life-stages such as childhood and
adolescence, ignoring, for the most part, healthy adulthood as a stage
worthy of scrutiny. This book examines the discourse of adulthood and
accounts for sociolinguistic variation, with regards to age and gender,
through the exploration of a 90,000 word age-and gender-differentiated
spoken corpus of Irish English. The book explores both the distribution and
use of a number of high frequency pragmatic features of spoken discourse
that appear as key items in the corpus. Part 1 of the book provides an
introduction, a theoretical overview of age as a sociolinguistic variable
and a description on how to compile a small spoken corpus for
sociolinguistic research. Part 2 consists of five chapters which
investigate and explore key features such as hedges, vague category
markers, intensifiers, boosters and high-frequent items of taboo language
in relation to the variables, age and gender. The book is of interest to
undergraduates or postgraduates taking formal courses in sociolinguistics,
applied linguistics, pragmatics or discourse analysis. It is also of
interest to students and researchers interested in using corpus linguistics
in sociolinguistic research.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 9027288615
ISBN-13: 9789027288615
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
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ISBN: 9027223122
ISBN-13: 9789027223128
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