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Journal Title: Language in Society
Volume/Issue:   37/2
Date: 2008
Table of Contents: Sign language contact and interference: ASL and LSM
by David Quinto-Pozos
pp 161-189

“They live in Lonesome Dove”: Media and contemporary Western Apache place-naming practices
by M. Eleanor Nevins
pp 191-215

Construing confrontation: Grammar in the construction of a key historical narrative in Umpithamu
by Jean-Christophe Verstraete, Barbara De Cock
pp 217-240

Colonial dialect contact in the history of European languages: On the irrelevance of identity to new-dialect formation
by Peter Trudgill
pp 241-254

Colonization, population contacts, and the emergence of new language varieties: A response to Peter Trudgill
by Salikoko S Mufwene
pp 254-259

Identity formation and accommodation: Sequential and simultaneous relations
by Donald N. Tuten
pp 259-262

Accommodation versus identity? A response to Trudgill
by Edgar W. W. Schneider
pp 262-267

The delicate constitution of identity in face-to-face accommodation: A response to Trudgill
by Nikolas Coupland
pp 267-270

A question of identity: A response to Trudgill
by Laurie Bauer
pp 270-273

Contact is not enough: A response to Trudgill
by Janet Holmes, Paul Kerswill
pp 273-277

On the role of children, and the mechanical view: A rejoinder
by Peter Trudgill
pp 277-280

Anne O'Keeffe, Investigating media discourse. London: Routledge. 2006.
by Peter A. Cramer
pp 281-284

Alessandro Duranti (ed.), A companion to linguistic anthropology. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004, 2006.
by Janet McIntosh
pp 284-287

Deborah Cameron & Don Kulick (eds.), The language and sexuality reader. London & New York: Routledge, 2006.
by Anna Livia
pp 287-290

Ian Hutchby, Media talk: Conversation analysis and the study of broadcasting. Berkshire, UK: Open University Press, 2006.
by Michal Hamo
pp 290-294

Louis de Saussure & Peter Schulz (eds.), Manipulation and ideologies in the twentieth century: Benjamins, 2005.
by Teun A van Dijk
pp 294-299

Donal A. Carbaugh, Cultures in conversation. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005.
by Adrienne Lo
pp 299-300

Roger W. Shuy, Linguistics in the courtroom: A practical guide. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
by Ronald R. Butters
pp 300-304

Sali Tagliamonte, Analysing sociolinguistic variation
by Kirk Hazen
pp 304-307

Jane Sunderland, Language and gender: An advanced resource book. London & New York: Routledge, 2006.
by Rose Rickford, Celia Kitzinger
pp 308-310

Rhiannon Bury, Cyberspaces of their own: Female fandoms online. New York: Peter Lang, 2005.
by J. W. Unger
pp 311-311

Michael A. K. Halliday, On grammar. London: Continuum, 2002.
by J. W. Unger
pp 312-312

Durk Gorter (ed.), Linguistic landscape: A new approach to multilingualism. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2006.
by Thomas Douglas Mitchell
pp 312-313

Bronwen Martin and Felizitas Ringham, Key terms in semiotics. London & New York: Continuum, 2006.
by Nathan S. Atkinson
pp 313-314

Helen Sauntson & Sakis Kyratzis (eds.), Language, sexualities and desires: Cross-cultural perspectives. Hampshire & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
by Emily Klein
pp 314-315

Wilson McLeod (ed.), Revitalising Gaelic in Scotland. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2006.
by Dave Sayers
pp 315-316

Alexander Bergs, Social networks and historical sociolinguistics: Studies in morphosyntactic variation in the Paston letters (1421–1503). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2005.
by Anastassia Zabrodskaja
pp 316-317

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 19.894