Investigating Variation: The Effects of Social Organization and Social Setting by Nancy C. DorianInvestigating Variation: The Effects of Social Organization and Social Setting by Nancy C. Dorian

Investigating Variation: The Effects of Social Organization and Social Setting

byNancy C. Dorian

Paperback | July 24, 2010

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Linguistic variation has been studied primarily in communities with the dominant social organization of our time: ethnic diversity, socioeconomic stratification, and a population size that precludes community-wide face-to-face interaction. In such communities variation correlates withethnicity and class. Investigating Variation explores a different kind of social structure: small size, dense kinship ties, common occupation, and absence of social stratification. In the community investigated here, social homogeneity and constant face-to-face interaction made accommodationunnecessary, and extremely weak extra-community norming for the local minority language permitted a very high level of individual variation. Nancy C. Dorian's examination of the fisherfolk Gaelic spoken in a Highland Scottish village offers a number of explanations for delayed recognition of a linguistic variation unrelated to social class or other social sub-groupings. Reports of similar variation phenomena in locations with similarfeatures (contemporary minority-language pockets in Ireland, Russia, Norway, Canada, and Cameroon) make it possible to identify a particular set of factors that contribute to the emergence and persistence of socially neutral inter-speaker and intra-speaker variation. Facets of language use relatedto social structure remain to be investigated in communities with still other forms of social organization before the few communities that represent them disappear altogether.
Nancy C. Dorian is reitred Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College.
Title:Investigating Variation: The Effects of Social Organization and Social SettingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 24, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Variation Puzzle2. The East Sutherland Fishing Communities3. Dimensions of Linguistic Variation in a Socioeconomically Homogeneous Population4. A General Introduction to Speakers and Variables5. A Close Look at Some Embo Variables and their Use6. Kin Groups, Peer Groups, and Variation7. Speech Norms, Accommodation, and Speaking Well in Gaelic Embo8. Socially Neutral Linguistic Variation: Where, Why, What for, and How?9. ConclusionNotesReferences