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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Language and Society
Written By: William Downes
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521450462
Series Title: Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics
Description:

This textbook is an accessible introduction to the social aspects of
language and their various explanations. covering domains of language use,
language change, code-switching, speech as social action, and the nature of
understanding. This thoroughly revised edition includes an up to date
analysis of language standardisation, language conflict and planning. From
the reviews of the first edition:"Downes's Language and Society is the
clearest and most reliable introduction to the field of sociolinguistics
available today." (William Labov)

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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