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Sociolinguistic Variation by Robert J. Bayley
Book DescriptionWhy does human language vary from one person, or one group, to another? In what ways does it vary? How do linguists go about studying variation in, say, the sound system or the sentence structure of a particular language? Why is the study of language variation important outside the academic world, in say education, the law, employment or housing? This book provides an overview of these questions, bringing together a team of experts to survey key areas within the study of language variation and language change. Covering both the range of methods used to research variation in language, and the applications of such research to a variety of social contexts, it is essential reading for advanced students and researchers in sociolinguistics, communication, linguistic anthropology and applied linguistics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521871273
(247mm x 174mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert J. Bayley
Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics, Paperback (April 2015)
This major new survey of sociolinguistics identifies gaps in our existing knowledge base and provides directions for future research.
Sociolinguistic Variation, Paperback (October 2007)
An overview of the key areas within the study of language variation and language change.
Language as Cultural Practice, Paperback (June 2002)» View all books by Robert J. Bayley
This is an ethnographic account of language socialization practices within Mexican-background families in California and Texas. It illustrates cases where language is used by speakers to choose between self-definitions and where language interacts differentially with other defining categories.
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Author Biography - Robert J. Bayley
Robert Bayley is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Davis. Ceil Lucas is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.
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