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Title:
Sociolinguistics
Author:
Spolsky, Bernard.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.

©1998
Physical Description:
xiii, 128 pages ; 21 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
The social study of language -- The ethnography of speaking and the structure of conversation -- Locating variations in speech -- Style, gender, and social class -- Bilinguals and bilingualism -- Societal multilingualism -- Applied sociolinguistics -- Conclusions -- Glossary.
ISBN:
9780194372114
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Sociolinguistics is the study of the different ways in which different groups of people use language. This book provides a brief but comprehensive introduction to the field, making links with related disciplines such as history, politics, and gender studies.


Author Notes

Bernard Spolsky was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University and received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Montreal. He has been the head of the English Department, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Director of the Language Policy Research Center at Bar-IlanUniversity, Israel, where he is currently Professor of English.


Table of Contents

Preface
Section 1 Survey
1 The social study of language
The scope of enquiry
Complementary approaches
The methods of enquiry
What are the data?The sociolinguist at work
The approach in this book
2 The ethnography of speaking and the structure of conversation
The ethnography of speaking
The structure of conversations
Politeness and politeness formulas
Terms of address
3 Locating variations in speech
Speech communities and repertoires
Dialect
4 Styles, gender, and social class
Styles
Specialized varieties or registers and domains
Slang and solidarity
Language and gender
Social stratification
Accommodation and audience design
5 Bilinguals and bilingualism
Language socialization
The description of bilingualism
Bilingual competence
Code switching and code mixing
6 Societal multilingualism
Multilingualism
Language loyalty and reversing language shift
Language and ethnic identity
Language and politics
Language rights
Pidgins and creoles
Diglossia
7 Applied sociolinguistics
Language policy and language planning
Status planning
Corpus planning
Normativism and prescriptivism
Language acquisition planning or language education policy
Language diffusion policy or linguistic imperialism
The spread of English - imperialism or hegemony?
Conclusions
Section 2 Readings
Section 3 References
Section 4 Glossary