What Is Sociolinguistics?

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John Wiley & Sons, 27 feb. 2012 - 243 páginas
"I'm sitting here in Newfoundland, in Canada, writing a book about sociolinguistics, and you're out there somewhere, starting to read it. If you were here and could hear me talk—especially if you were Canadian, especially if you had some training—you could tell a lot about me. When I speak English, most people can tell I'm North American (I pronounce schedule with a [sk] sound), Canadian (I rhyme shone with gone, not bone), and probably from Quebec (I keep my socks in a bureau). And if I was wherever you are, I could probably tell a lot about your speech community and where you fit into it. The fact that we can do this is one of the things that interest sociolinguists..."

It's rare to encounter a textbook that one will want to read cover to cover. But Gerard van Herk has written exactly that, introducing students to the field of sociolinguistics as the best teachers do: with excitement, humor, and deep knowledge. What is Sociolinguistics? is a tour through the major issues that define the field, such as region, status, gender, time, language attitudes, interaction, and style, while also exploring the sociolinguistics of multilingualism, culture and ethnicity, language contact, and education.

The chapters contains useful and clear features including:

  • Numerous innovative exercises and
  • Spotlighted research, where the author introduces some key concepts discussed in foundational research and offers suggestions for reading the primary literature
  • Further readings, glossary terms, chapter summaries, and text boxes that explore introduced concepts in greater depth for interested students
  • The companion website offers PowerPoint slides for instructors and sample answers to questions, while providing students with further resources, including sound files and carefully curated links for further study.
 

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Índice

Introduction
1
Language and Society
10
Dialect slang accent variety
15
Place
25
Dialect leveling
28
Talk like a pirate
41
Social Status
47
Moving on up
54
Interaction
116
Ethnography as a research practice
119
Multilingualism
127
Where to next?
132
11
136
Attitudes and Ideologies
148
Language as a Social Entity
161
Education
175

Time
60
Language change and age grading in Panama
65
Ethnicity
75
Calling people names
79
7
85
Ska pronouns
92
Style
104
Different tasks different attention to speech
106
What is Sociolinguistics?
188
21
196
Glossary
197
Bibliography
213
33
224
Index
229
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Sobre el autor (2012)

Gerard Van Herk is a Canada Research Chair in Regional Language and Oral Text at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has researched and written on varieties of the English language and is the editor of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (eds. with C. Mallinson and B. Childs, 2013).

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