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Sociolinguistic Theory presents a critical synthesis of sociolinguistics, centering on the study of language variation and change.
Since the inception of sociolinguistics more than three decades ago, the correlation of dependent linguistic variables with independent social variables has provided the theoretical core of the discipline. Chambers reviews the essential findings of Henrietta Cedegren, William Labov, Lesley Milroy and James Milroy, David Sankoff, Gillian Sankoff, Peter Trudgill, Walt Wolfram, and many others, and puts them into context both with the work of the numerous linguists who have followed their lead and with their intellectual forbears from Wilhelm von Humboldt and Louis Gauchat to Edward Sapir.
The book opens with a discussion of the linguistic variable and its historical methodological and theoretical significance. Three central chapters are organized around the crucial social variables of social stratification, sex, and age. The final chapter considers the social and cultural purposes of linguistic variation.
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Sociolinguistic Theory presents a critical synthesis of sociolinguistics that centers on the study of language variation and change, and identifies opportunities for future research.
Since the inception of sociolinguistics four decades ago, the correlation of dependent linguistic variables with independent social variables has provided the theoretical core of the discipline. This volume reviews the essential findings that form its foundation and shows how empirical explorations have made it the most stimulating field in the contemporary study of language.
Sociolinguistic Theory discusses the linguistic variable and its significance, crucial social variables such as social stratification, sex, and age, and the cultural significance of linguistic variation. This second edition has been updated to incorporate new findings and expand on the discussion of communicative competence and developmental sociolinguistics.About the Author:
J. K. Chambers is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.
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Book Description Blackwell Pub, 1995. Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP97192666