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Sociolinguistics : An Introduction to Language and Society

Sociolinguistics : An Introduction to Language and Society - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0140289213

Cover of Sociolinguistics : An Introduction to Language and Society 4TH 00 (ISBN 978-0140289213)
ISBN13: 978-0140289213
ISBN10: 0140289216
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 00
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 2000
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Sociolinguistics : An Introduction to Language and Society - 4TH 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140289213

Peter Trudgill

ISBN13: 978-0140289213
ISBN10: 0140289216
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 00
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

The way we talk is deeply influenced by our class, sex and ethnic background. It can also have a profound effect on how we are perceived by others. In this fully updated new edition of a classic text, Peter Trudgill explores the evidence - and the huge implications for social and educational policy.

Why do men swear more than women? How do speech styles of most Black Americans, and Whites growing up in 'Black areas', differ from those of other Whites? Does it make sense to defend a language against 'contamination' from foreign words and phrases? Why are languages dying out at a catastrophic rate and what can we do about it? Should Serbo-Croat now be called Serbian, Croatian or even Bosnian? And in what sense, if any, is standard French 'better' than Quebecois or High German 'better' than Schweizérdeutsch?

Such questions illuminate many fascinating aspects of human communication, but they also lie at the heart of fierce political debates about how states should deal with their linguistic minorities, when teachers should correct their pupils' grammar and pronunciation, and whether language promotes racial and sexual stereotypes. Only sociolinguists can provide objective answers; their key conclusions are set out in this celebrated book.

Author Bio

Trudgill, Peter :

Peter Trudgill is professor of English linguistics at Fribourg, Switzerland. An author of many books and articles on sociolinguistics and dialectology, he has carried out linguistic fieldwork in most countries.

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