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Title: Style-Shifting in Public
Subtitle: New perspectives on stylistic variation
Edited By: Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy
Juan Antonio Cutillas-Espinosa
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation 9

Language acts are acts of identity, and linguistic variation reflects the
multifaceted construction of verbal alternatives for transmitting social
meaning, where style-shifting represents our ability to take up different social
positions due to its potential for linguistic performance, rhetorical stance-
taking and identity projection. Traditional variationist conceptualizations of
style-shifting as a primarily responsive phenomenon seem unable to account
for all stylistic choices. In contrast, more recent formulations see stylistic
variation as initiative, creative and strategic in personal and interpersonal
identity construction and projection, making a significant contribution to our
understanding of this aspect of sociolinguistic variation.

In this volume social constructivist approaches to style-shifting are further
developed by bringing together research which suggests that people make
stylistic choices aimed at conveying (and achieving) a particular social
categorization, sociolinguistic meaning, and/or to project a specific
positioning in society. Therefore, there is a need, we collectively argue, to
adopt permeable and flexible multidimensional, multidisciplinary and
interdisciplinary approaches to speaker agency that take into consideration
not only reactive but also proactive motivations for stylistic variation, and
where individuals – rather than groups – and their strategies are the main
focus when examining style-shifting in public.

This book will be of interest to advanced students and academics in the
areas of sociolinguistics, dialectology, social psychology, anthropology and

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027274878
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