American English

Author: Walt Wolfram
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118390221
Release Date: 2015-12-29
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change

Author: J. K. Chambers
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118335512
Release Date: 2013-06-17
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Reflecting a multitude of developments in the study of language change and variation over the last ten years, this extensively updated second edition features a number of new chapters and remains the authoritative reference volume on a core research area in linguistics. A fully revised and expanded edition of this acclaimed reference work, which has established its reputation based on its unrivalled scope and depth of analysis in this interdisciplinary field Includes seven new chapters, while the remainder have undergone thorough revision and updating to incorporate the latest research and reflect numerous developments in the field Accessibly structured by theme, covering topics including data collection and evaluation, linguistic structure, language and time, language contact, language domains, and social differentiation Brings together an experienced, international editorial and contributor team to provides an unrivalled learning, teaching and reference tool for researchers and students in sociolinguistics

Language and Linguistic Diversity in the US

Author: Susan Tamasi
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136579059
Release Date: 2014-12-02
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This highly engaging textbook presents a linguistic view of the history, society, and culture of the United States. It discusses the many languages and forms of language that have been used in the US – including standard and nonstandard forms of English, creoles, Native American languages, and immigrant languages from across the globe – and shows how this distribution and diversity of languages has helped shape and define America as well as an American identity. The volume introduces the basic concepts of sociolinguistics and the politics of language through cohesive, up-to-date and accessible coverage of such key topics as dialectal development and the role of English as the majority language, controversies concerning language use in society, languages other than English used in the US, and the policies that have directly or indirectly influenced language use. These topics are presented in such a way that students can examine the inherent diversity of the communicative systems used in the United States as both a form of cultural enrichment and as the basis for socio-political conflict. The author team outlines the different viewpoints on contemporary issues surrounding language in the US and contextualizes these issues within linguistic facts, to help students think critically and formulate logical discussions. To provide opportunities for further examination and debate, chapters are organized around key misconceptions or questions ("I don't have an accent" or "Immigrants don't want to learn English"), bringing them to the forefront for readers to address directly. Language and Linguistic Diversity in the US is a fresh and unique take on a widely taught topic. It is ideal for students from a variety of disciplines or with no prior knowledge of the field, and a useful text for introductory courses on language in the US, American English, language variation, language ideology, and sociolinguistics.

The Development of African American English

Author: Walt Wolfram
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470779903
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This book focuses on one of the most persistent and controversial questions in modern sociolinguistics: the past and present development of African American Vernacular English (AAVE).

Teaching About Dialect Variations and Language in Secondary English Classrooms

Author: Michelle D. Devereaux
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136675126
Release Date: 2014-10-17
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Standardized tests demand Standard English, but secondary students (grades 6-12) come to school speaking a variety of dialects and languages, thus creating a conflict between students’ language of nurture and the expectations of school. The purpose of this text is twofold: to explain and illustrate how language varieties function in the classroom and in students’ lives and to detail linguistically informed instructional strategies. Through anecdotes from the classroom, lesson plans, and accessible narrative, it introduces theory and clearly builds the bridge to daily classroom practices that respect students’ language varieties and use those varieties as strengths upon which secondary English teachers can build. The book explains how to teach about language variations and ideologies in the classroom; uses typically taught texts as models for exploring how power, society, and identity interact with language, literature, and students’ lives; connects the Common Core State Standards to the concepts presented; and offers strategies to teach the sense and structure of Standard English and other language variations, so that all students may add Standard English to their linguistic toolboxes.

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Author: Ronald Wardhaugh
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118732403
Release Date: 2014-10-24
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Thoroughly updated and revised, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 7th Edition presents a comprehensive and fully updated introduction to the study of the relationship between language and society. Building on Ronald Wardhaugh's classic text, co-author Janet Fuller has updated this seventh edition throughout with new discussions exploring language and communities, language and interaction, and sociolinguistic variation, as well as incorporating numerous new exercises and research ideas for today's students. Taking account of new research from the field, the book explores exciting new perspectives drawn from linguistic anthropology, and includes new chapters on pragmatics, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics and education. With an emphasis on using examples from languages and cultures around the world, chapters address topics including social and regional dialects, multilingualism, discourse and pragmatics, variation, language in education, and language policy and planning. A new companion website including a wealth of additional online material, as well as a glossary and a variety of new exercises and examples, helps further illuminate the ideas presented in the text. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 7th Edition continues to be the most indispensable and accessible introduction to the field of sociolinguistics for students in applied and theoretical linguistics, education, and anthropology.

Linguistic Variation and Change

Author: Scott F Kiesling
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748688319
Release Date: 2011-04-29
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A comprehensive study of variation and change, including current debates in the area.

Dialect and Language Variation

Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9781483294766
Release Date: 2014-06-28
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This anthology emphasizes dialects of American English and language variation in America. The editors present original essays by today's leading investigators, including articles by some of Europe's best dialectologists, obtained expressly for this work. Important topics featured in Dialect and Language Variation include:**Dialect theories: linguistic geography, structural and generative dialectology, and language variation.**The nature of social dialects and language variation, with attention to women's speech.**Overview of regional dialects and area studies.**The nature and study of the relationship between ethnicity and dialects, including Black, Italian, Irish, Chicano, and Jewish ethnic groups.**The application of dialect studies to education.**Of special interest to dialectologists, sociolinguists, and English language educators and specialists, this work provides original insight into**a general background and history of dialect theory**an overview of regional geography and area studies**the principles of social dialects and language variation from several perspectives**an exploration of the relationship between ethnicity and dialects o explanations of the relationship between historical and language change**a section on how dialects and language variation can contribute to effective language instruction.

African American English in the Diaspora

Author: Shana Poplack
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 0631212663
Release Date: 2001-10-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This provocative volume investigates the origins of contemporary African American Vernacular English (AAVE), one of the oldest, yet unsolved, questions in sociolinguistics.

The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics

Author: Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118257265
Release Date: 2012-02-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Written by an international team of leading scholars, this groundbreaking reference work explores the nature of language change and diffusion, and paves the way for future research in this rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field. Features 35 newly-written essays from internationally acclaimed experts that reflect the growth and vitality of the burgeoning area of historical sociolinguistics Examines how sociolinguistic theoretical models, methods, findings, and expertise can be used to reconstruct a language's past in order to explain linguistic changes and developments Bridges the gap between the past and the present in linguistic studies Structured thematically into sections exploring: origins and theoretical assumptions; methods for the sociolinguistic study of the history of languages; linguistic and extra-linguistic variables; historical dialectology, language contact and diffusion; and attitudes to language

Sociolinguistics language and society

Author: Mahendra K. Verma
Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
ISBN: 0761992022
Release Date: 1998-03-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The study of languages with a bias towards the written form, Sociolinguistics, Language, and Society serves as a corrective by highlighting speech variations, dialects, signs, and by generally exploring the relationship between language and society in a wide sociolinguistics framework. The eleven original papers present empirical research from various countries including Malta, Germany, the Channel Islands, the United States, and Britain. The topics discussed cover a wide and exciting range such as the importance of the phenomenological approach in sociolinguistics; the study of the 18th century Welsh gravestones as a way of rediscovering forgotten dialect features; the use of different forms of address in Malta to establish relationships; the role of fingerspelling in British Sign Language; and the retention of mother tongue among immigrant groups. This collection enlarges the context of traditional sociolinguistic research and presents linguists with a variety of challenges by raising issues which are relevant to an understanding of the constant interaction between language and society. Sociolinguistics, Language, and Society will be of interest to practitioners and students of sociolinguistics, linguistic theory, cultural studies, and communication studies.

A Glossary of Sociolinguistics

Author: Peter Trudgill
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195219430
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This alphabetic guide introduces popular terms used in the study of language and society. Clearly written by a leading authority in the field, this glossary provides full coverage of both traditional and contemporary terminology, including the relatively new areas within sociolinguistics of sign language, gay language, and cross-cultural communication.

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change

Author: John Kenneth Chambers
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 0631218033
Release Date: 2002-01-28
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change, written by a distinguished international roster of contributors, reflects the vitality and growth of the discipline in its multifaceted pursuits. It is a convenient, hand-held repository of the essential knowledge about the study of language variation and change. The book begins with an examination of the methodologies employed by linguists working in linguistic variation and change, and then addresses the levels of linguistic structure that have been the main foci of work in the field. The volume presents views of linguistic variation in the diverse contexts that give it meaning and significance, across generations, social strata, and domains of interaction. It further covers variation through geographical space, and language and dialect contact from a variationist perspective, while also considering the implications that research in different types of societies may have for work in the field. Each section begins with an introduction by the editors which sets out the boundaries of the field and places each of the chapters in perspective. This Handbook allows the next generation of academics to perpetuate all of these fields of study and explore them with the kind of depth unimaginable to their predecessors.

Clinical Sociolinguistics

Author: Martin J. Ball
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405112499
Release Date: 2005-08-19
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Sociolinguistics, the study of the interaction of language and society, has had a major impact on linguistics for the last half-century. However, this prominent branch of the language sciences has had little contact with the field of communication disorders. "Clinical Sociolinguistics," a collection of newly commissioned articles written by top scholars, is a major advance in bringing the two fields together. Part I includes chapters that outline findings from sociolinguistic research and point to the relevance of such findings for practicing speech-language pathologists. Topics discussed include bilingualism, code-switching, language planning, and a detailed look at African American English. Part II contains chapters that specifically demonstrate how these research paradigms can be applied to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in the clinical situation.