Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Paperback | September 1, 2000

bySuzanne Romaine

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Why have 1500 separate languages developed in the Pacific region? Why do Danes understand Norwegians better than Norwegians understand Danish? Is Ebonics a language or a dialect? Linguistics tends to ignore the relationship between languages and the societies in which they are spoken, while sociology generally overlooks the role of language in the constitution of society. In this book Suzanne Romaine provides a clear, lively, and accessible introduction to the field ofsociolinguistics and emphasizes the constant interaction between society and language, discussing both traditional and recent issues including: language and social class, language and gender, language and education, and pidgins and creoles. The text shows how our linguistic choices are motivated bysocial factors, and how certain ways of speaking come to be vested with symbolic value and includes examples drawing on studies of cultures and languages all over the world. This new edition incorporates new material on current issues in the study of gender as well as other topics such as the linguistic dimension to the ethnic conflict in the Balkans, and the controversy over Ebonics in the United States.

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Why have 1500 separate languages developed in the Pacific region? Why do Danes understand Norwegians better than Norwegians understand Danish? Is Ebonics a language or a dialect? Linguistics tends to ignore the relationship between languages and the societies in which they are spoken, while sociology generally overlooks the role of l...

Professor Suzanne Romaine is Merton Professor of English Language at the University of Oxford and author of a number of books.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198731922

ISBN - 13:9780198731924

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Table of Contents

Language in Society/Society in LanguageLanguage ChoiceSociolinguistic PatternsLanguage and GenderLanguage Change in Social PrespectivePidgin and Creole LanguagesLinguistic Problems as Societal ProblemsConclusionsReferencesIndex

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Overall Romaine's work is a very thorough introduction to the study of sociolinguistics. Greg Watson, Language and Literature, Journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association