LINGUIST List 9.693

Mon May 11 1998

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Tom McGeveran, New Books: Sociolinguistics

Message 1: New Books: Sociolinguistics

Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 11:17:59 -0400
From: Tom McGeveran <>
Subject: New Books: Sociolinguistics


Harold F. Schiffman

LINGUISTIC CULTURE AND LANGUAGE POLICY examines how language policy in
three very different nations evolved and how it is not merely the
specific embodiment of rule, but rather primarily a social construct
that rests on other conceptual elements such as belief systems,
attitudes and myths. By scrutinizing the multilingual democracies of
India, France and the US, Schiffman examines how language policies are
formed within a broader framework and are heavily influenced by the
covert and implicit grass-roots of its linguistic culture. By seeing
language policy as culture-specific, we understand why language
policies evolve, why they work--or not--and how people's lives are
affected by them.

Politics of Language 
Routledge: 1998: 368 pp
PB: 0 415 18406 1: #D5174: $29.99: 18.99

Salikoko S. Mufwene, John R. Rickford, Guy Bailey, and John Baugh, 
Structure, History and Use

AFRICAN AMERICAN ENGLISH provides a timely, comprehensive, state of
the art survey of linguistic research. The book examines the
linguistics features of African American English (AAE), as well as the
sociological, political and educational issues connected with it. The
editors are leading experts in the field and along with other key
figures, notably William Labov, Geneva Smitherman and Walt Wolfram,
they provide an authoritative, diverse guide to this topical subject
area. Drawing on many contemporary references, the Oakland School
controversy, the rap of Ice-T, the contributors reflect the state of
current scholarship on African American English, and actively dispel
many misconceptions, address new questions and explore new approaches.

Routledge: 1998: 328 pp
CL: 0 415 11732 1: #D4952: $85.00: 50.00 
PB: 0 415 11733 X: #D4956: $24.99: 15.99

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