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Language, Society and Power: An Introduction Paperback – 20 Nov 2003

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (20 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041530394X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415303941
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 17.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beginning students on both sides of the Atlantic will find the book friendly and informative on many aspects of media studies, sociolinguistics and communication arts, psychology and popular culture."-Leonard R.N. Ashley, "Geolingustics, 2004


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'Language, Society and Power' is a nice, accessible introduction to the discipline of sociolinguistics. It covers a variety of topics (including language & gender, language & age, language & ethnicity and language in the media) but does not delve very deeply into any of the areas, which is why the book can only serve as a starting point for any serious sociolinguistic reading. Each chapter is written by a different author, with each linguist tackling their specialist topic, which works well to keep the topics full of interesting ideas. Having studied the Language, Society and Power course which the book accompanies, I found this book stood me in good stead throughout and helped me to develop my particular areas of interest.
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A decent text for A-level (mainly AS) students on an English Language/Language and Literature course. Aimed specifically at the AQA B syllabus module with this title but a good introduction to this area of Sociolinguistics.
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By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2003
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This is an okay introduction to the issues in sociolinguistics, but overall it is quite simplistic - more an outline of the areas available than an in-depth analysis of any.
You could get almost as much by just taking the title headings ('Language & Gender,' 'Language & Ethnicity' etc) and adding the qualification "the words we use to describe things affect our perception of those things." The book does have some information on studies which show this, which is useful.
Worth buying if you want a very simple overview, but there are better books on sociolinguistics out there if you're really interested in the subject.
It gets 3 stars because it isn't misleading or badly written or anything definitively negative like that - it just doesn't have enough non-common-sense content for my tastes.
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really good quality, sorry i'm only rewieving years later... great content too, learned a lot from it, i used it mostly in my first year of uni doing LINGUISTICS but also a great read on the side
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HASH(0xa11264e0) out of 5 stars Great Explanation; a bit polluted by modern society 10 Nov. 2000
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Clarity and logical explanation of the modern theories of language and linguistics is this book's strength. I exhaustively covered this book because of a college class that it was required for. Much about language that is basic for moving on from elementary linguistics is covered in this book.
Contemporary classic theories of language are included (ie Saussure's theories, Sapir-Whorf, etc) which sets the reader off into a fascinating discovery of how language promotes or inhibits one's power in modern society.
In such contemporary issues as political correctness and the Standard American English debate, a slightly more leftist view is employed in the writing of the book than I would've preferred, but nonetheless, there is a suffice and clear explanation of the information throughout.
A quality book. Check it out!
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Not available at the School bookstore and a must for Linguistics course.
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The book came quickly and was in the condition stated in the description. I was very happy with what I received!
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