Talk that Counts: Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse

Paperback | May 19, 2005

byRonald K. S. Macaulay

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Talk That Counts is a sociolinguistic study of variation in discourse employing quantitative methods to explore age, gender, and social class differences in the use of features such as you know, I mean, adverbs, and pronouns. Unlike many studies of discourse variation that focus on a single social factor, Talk That Counts examines age, gender, and social class differences in a gender-balanced sample of middle-class and working-class adolescents and adults, recorded under the same conditions. Differences between adultsand adolescents provided the greatest number of statistically significant results, followed by differences between males and females. The smallest number of statistically significant differences were related to social class. The range of variation underlines the need to look at more than a singleextra-linguistic variable when examining discourse. It also shows the dangers of generalizing about social class, for example, on the basis of a limited sample (e.g., adolescent boys). In Talk That Counts, distinguished sociolinguist Ronald Macaulay presents an important new approach to the sociolinguistic investigation of discourse variation.

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Talk That Counts is a sociolinguistic study of variation in discourse employing quantitative methods to explore age, gender, and social class differences in the use of features such as you know, I mean, adverbs, and pronouns. Unlike many studies of discourse variation that focus on a single social factor, Talk That Counts examines age...

Ronald K. S. Macaulay is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College. He is the author of Language, Social Class and Education (1977), Locating Dialect in Discourse (1991), The Social Art (1995), and Standards and Variation in Urban Speech (1997).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:May 19, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195173826

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"Overall, this is a book to which I will return again and again. It provides us with a wealth of data, a model for future research, and a basis for future theory building."--Linguist List 16.1592