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Title: Barbarians at the Gate
Subtitle: Studies in Language Attitudes
Edited By: Patricia Donaher

The study of language attitudes is the investigation of beliefs expressed
about the nature of language and its diverse usages, how these attitudes
came to exist and persist, and how these attitudes shape social action and
policy. Language attitude studies have illuminated our understanding of
racial issues, social and economic stratification, cultural stereotypes,
educational issues, folk linguistics, and, more recently, popular culture.
This volume is an examination of four intersections in language attitudes
research: Authority, Affiliation, Authenticity, and Accommodation. In each
section, the contributors introduce new dimensions to the study of language
attitudes while providing examples of the ways in which the study of
language attitudes can continue to inform and shape our understanding of
language diversity.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781443817035
Pages: 305
Prices: U.K. £ 44.99