- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; 2 edition (2 Feb. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195187962
- ISBN-13: 978-0195187960
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.5 x 15.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,163,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Social Art: Language and Its Uses Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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...[an] accessible, entertaining and highly intelligent book...[i]t is theoretically entirely serious, but it is readable with profit and enjoyment by practically everyone (Forum For Modern Language Studies, Vol. 43, No. 1)
About the Author
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), Standards and Variation in Urban Speech (1997), and Talk that Counts: Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse (O.U.P., 2005). The first edition of The Social Art was published in 1995.
Top Customer Reviews
What a revelation! This is an example of how text books should be written. The language is clear and easy to understand. Most of the text book writers I have encountered seem to enjoy in wrapping a mantle of wooly words around the subject of Linguistis, propagating the myth that this is a difficult subject. Macauly's approach is the exact opposite, with the exception of David Crystal's work, I have not found a better example of clear, witty and informative writing. I wish other academics would learn from him, I know I have.
Overall, great for students of linguistics (socio, cognitive, applied...) because it offers a wide and current account of relevant areas that somebody working with language should be aware of, but it's also a good book for more seasoned linguists, as the range of topics covered and the presentation of them are thought-provoking and challenging.
As a footnote, I would disagree quite strongly with the 'breaking the myth that linguistics is hard' comment from the other 5 star reviewer. I don't think that's what Macaulay is trying to achieve at all. By offering a critical and highly accessible account, he is not trying to undermine the work of others in the field, and does not suggest that everything could be communicated in such a way or that what he presents is an end-point in itself.Read more ›