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Journal Title: Language in Society
Volume/Issue:   34/3
Date: July 2005
Table of Contents: What a Language is Good for: Language socialization, language shift, and the persistence of code-specific genres in St. Lucia
by Paul B. Garrett
pp 327-361

Language Attitudes of the First Postcolonial Generation in Hong Kong Secondary Schools
by Mee-Ling Lai
pp 363-388

Grammar and the “Timing” of Social Action: Word order and preference organization in Japanese
by Hiroko Tanaka
pp 389-430

A Chinese Yuppie in Beijing: Phonological variation and the construction of a new professional identity
by Qing Zhang
pp 431-466

Investigating Language Attitudes: Social meanings of dialect, ethnicity, and performance
reviewed by Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy
pp 467-470

Living Narrative: Creating lives in everyday storytelling
reviewed by Betsy Rymes, Mariana Souto Manning
pp 470-474

First Language Acquisition
reviewed by Edith L. Bavin
pp 474-477

Exploring Media Discourse
reviewed by Kumiko Murata
pp 477-482

Language in Cape Town's District Six
reviewed by Pol Cuvelier
pp 482-485

Russian-English Code-switching in New York City
reviewed by Marita Roth
pp 485-488

Publications Received
by Qing Zhang
pp 489-490

Editor's Note
by Barbara Johnstone
pp 491-491

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
English
Japanese
Russian
 
LL Issue: 16.2027