Oxford Introduction to Language Study: Sociolinguistics

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byBernard SpolskyEditorH. G. Widdowson

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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.

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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.

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-Ilan University, Israel, where he is currently Profe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:142 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.43 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0194372111

ISBN - 13:9780194372114

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PrefaceSECTION 1 Survey1 The social study of language. The scope of enquiryComplementary approachesThe methods of enquiryWhat are the data?The sociolinguist at workThe approach in this book2 The ethnography of speaking and the structure of conversation. The ethnography of speakingThe structure of conversationsPoliteness and politeness formulasTerms of address3 Locating variations in speech. Speech communities and repertoiresDialect4 Styles, gender, and social class. StylesSpecialized varieties or registers and domainsSlang and solidarityLanguage and genderSocial stratificationAccommodation and audience design5 Bilinguals and bilingualism. Language socializationThe description of bilingualismBilingual competenceCode switching and code mixing6 Societal multilingualism. MultilingualismLanguage loyalty and reversing language shiftLanguage and ethnic identityLanguage and politicsLanguage rightsPidgins and creolesDiglossia7 Applied sociolinguistics. Language policy and language planningStatus planningCorpus planningNormativism and prescriptivismLanguage acquisition planning or language education policyLanguage diffusion policy or linguistic imperialismThe spread of English - imperialism or hegemony? ConclusionsSECTION 2 ReadingsSECTION 3 ReferencesSECTION 4 Glossary