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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Learning About Language) [Paperback]

Prof Janet Holmes
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28 Sep 1992 0582060621 978-0582060623 1
This introductory book considers the question "What is sociolinguistics?", and explains sociolinguistic concepts through a wide range of examples. It draws from both 'classic' approaches to the subject as well as from more recent research, introducing terms like 'code-switching' and 'social dialect'. It is conveniently divided into three sections. In the first, Janet Holmes shows how language is used in multilingual speech communities and explains how and why languages change within society and highlights the factors that lead to the displacement of one language by another, and sometimes the death of a language. The central section gives a comprehensive and well-illustrated exploration of social reasons for language change, exploring language change in monolingual communities and the features of a variety of dialects. The author shows how and why differing racial and social groups develop and maintain speech variations. In the final section, Janet Holmes assesses how attitudes to language affect speech and shows that linguistic responses depend upon a variety of contextual factors - for example, the status of the person being addressed and our reasons for speaking. Our attitudes to language have strong implications for our community. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics describes how language usage reflects the values of society, how society's view of women is reflected in language and how women are linguistically more polite than men.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (28 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582060621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582060623
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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learning about language
General Editors- Geoffrey Leech and Mick Short, Lancaster University
What is sociolinguistics?
This introductory textbook provides a penetrating answer to this question, explaining basic sociolinguistic concepts through a wide range of examples, and by drawing on 'classic' approaches to the subject as well as from the most recent research.
The book is conveniently divided into three sections-
* Section one shows how language is used in multilingual speech communities and explains the varying patterns of language use. Janet Holmes examines how and why languages change within society and highlights the factors that lead to the displacement of one language by another and sometimes the death of a language.
* Section two explores social reasons for language change, looking at language change in monolingual communities and the features of a variety of dialects. The author shows how and why differing racial and social groups develop and maintain speech variations.
* The final section assesses how attitudes to language affect speech and shows that linguistic responses depend on a variety of contextual factors - for example, the status of the person being addressed and our reasons for speaking.
This new edition has been updated thoroughly throughout, and adds new sections on social constructionist approaches to language and gender, and the concept of community of practice. There is also a completely new chapter on language, cognition and culture, which introduces students to the ideas of Benjamin Lee Whorf, as well as to the wider implications of the important concept of linguistic relativity.
Containing a series of student exercises and suggestions for further reading, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics is an essential introductory text for students of sociolinguistics and anyone interested in the study of language.
Janet Holmes holds a personal Chair in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, where she teaches a variety of sociolinguistics courses. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction 12 Feb 2003
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Yes, this book is written in a style and format that makes it a very good starting point for anyone interested in Sociolinguistics. The text contains numerous examples to illustrate points being made, and the writing itself is, mercifully, almost entirely free of jargon. I bought this book because it is one of the set books of my current Open University course, however, it is by no means a 'stuffy' text book and would be a good read form anyone who is interested in how and why languages change and develop. Don't know a pidgin from a creole? This book will explain it all in an easy to read and entertaining manner. If only all my course books were as informative and easy to read as this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition 3 Feb 2013
By SophieT
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Book was delivered in great condition and proving very useful for my degree.
The words are clearly presented, diagrams etc are the for help and the text is easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for my class 22 Jun 2013
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it was my prescribed reading for my linguistics class, really interesting and it was super to get it for such a good price :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars an introduction to sociolinguistics 31 Dec 2009
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easy to understand if it is your first time you have ever read anything about this subject.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unprofessional and unhelpful 20 May 2008
By Gwilym
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It was with a growing sense of unease that I made my way through Holmes's book, and for one simple reason: references are completely missing. Throughout the book, Holmes introduces countless examples taken from other researchers, and hardly ever mentions from whom the research is taken. If this book was presented at my university as an academic work, it would be disqualified because of plagiarism. As it is intended as a course book, the rules are a bit more relaxes so I will "just" call it very unhelpful. The reader who gets interested in any of the examples Holmes introduces will have no chance to go the actual source, as Holmes never bothers to give it. I've read literally hundreds of academic books and never once come across one that is as sloppy as this one. There are many better introductions to sociolinguistics available, such as Wardhaugh's book by the same name. It's somewhat denser, but at least it gives the credit where credit is due.
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