Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Oxford Handbook of Corpus Phonology

Edited by Jacques Durand, Ulrike Gut, and Gjert Kristoffersen

Offers the first detailed examination of corpus phonology and serves as a practical guide for researchers interested in compiling or using phonological corpora

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History

By Bernard Spolsky

A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.

New from Brill!


Indo-European Linguistics

New Open Access journal on Indo-European Linguistics is now available!

Query Details

Query Subject:   Age as Sociolinguistic Category
Author:   Mary Shapiro
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics

Query:   I'm looking for studies (or even speculative/theoretical musings) that
treat age as a sociolinguistic category (rather than as evidence for
historical change). Wolfram & Fasold at least raise this as a possible
avenue for study in my (now ancient & outdated) version of ''The Study
of Social Dialects in American English,'' but I would be interested in
finding work that follows up on this. Labovian studies do tend to
group subjects by age, but the point there seems to be to show
historical change, not to investigate what W&F referred to as
''differences that relate to age-grading; there are characteristic
linguistic behaviors appropriate for different stages in the life
history of an individual.'' I would be particularly happy to discover
studies that focus on older (senior) speakers.

I will be happy to post a summary to the list if I get any replies.

Thank you.
Mary Shapiro
Assoc. Professor of Linguistics
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501
LL Issue: 13.2296
Date posted: 12-Sep-2002


Sums main page