LINGUIST List 31.1858

Thu Jun 04 2020

Books: Sociolinguistic Variation in Children's Language: Smith, Durham

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <>

Date: 22-May-2020
From: Dan Iredale <>
Subject: Sociolinguistic Variation in Children's Language: Smith, Durham
E-mail this message to a friend

Title: Sociolinguistic Variation in Children's Language
Subtitle: Acquiring Community Norms
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation and Change
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL:

Author: Jennifer Smith
Author: Mercedes Durham
Electronic: ISBN: 9781316782057 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107172616 Pages: 232 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107172616 Pages: 232 Price: U.K. £ 85.00

How we vary our speech is fundamental in signalling who we are, where we're from and where we're going. How and when does such variation arise? Here, leading experts Jennifer Smith and Mercedes Durham address this question through a sociolinguistic analysis of the speech of preschool children in interaction with their primary caregivers. Bringing together two fields of linguistic research - variationist sociolinguistics and first language acquisition - the study focusses both qualitative and quantitative analysis of a range of variables to show when and how variation is acquired by young children, and the effect the caregiver's interaction has on this process. In doing so, they tackle a fundamental question in language research: when and how do children acquire the highly complex patterns of variation widely attested in adult speech?

1. Introduction
2. Methodology
3. Getting to grips with the data
4. Lexical variables
5. Lexical-phonological variables
6. Phonetic variables
7. Morphosyntactic variables
8. The acquisition of sociolinguistic variation: synthesising our findings.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

See this book announcement on our website:

Page Updated: 04-Jun-2020