The Sociolinguistics of Society
By (author) Ralph W. Fasold
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Sociolinguistics of Society by Ralph W. Fasold
Book DescriptionThis is an introduction to those aspects of sociolinguistics broadly described as the sociology of language; the effect of language and dialect differences on society. Beginning with a general description of the social consequences of several languages being used in one society, Ralph Fasold moves on to discuss 'diglossia', the phenomena by which social functions are assigned to languages and dialects in a predictable manner. Other aspects of the subject covered here include social attitudes towards various languages and dialects, the social forces which influence multilingual people to use different language sin different situations, and wholesale shifts by social groups from one language to another (and the converse, retention of particular languages. The theory and practice of language planning, and the significance of language in education, are examined and explained. In addition, the book deals with qualitative and quantitative methods of analysing multilingualism and includes a helpful chapter on statistical techniques. Written by a leading sociolinguist and teacher, this textbook is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the field. With the beginner in mind, the author writes in a clear, relaxed style, explaining current theories and giving many examples from all parts of the world. The second volume of this book, The Sociolinguistics of Language makes up the definitive introductory account of the subject for students throughout the world. This volume is the companion of The Sociolinguistics of Language. Together these books will make up a definitive introductory account of the subject for students throughout the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631134626
(229mm x 154mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ralph W. Fasold
Introduction to Language and Linguistics, Paperback (September 2014)
A clear and up-to-date introduction to linguistics.
Sociolinguistics of Language, Paperback (March 1990)
A companion to the author's "Sociolinguistics of Society", this textbook examines the influence of social interaction on language use, and discusses a variety of facts about language from the commonplace to the exotic.
Variation in the Form and Use of Language, Paperback (January 1984)» View all books by Ralph W. Fasold
Features twenty-four linguists who analyze natural and social differences in language form, use, and attitudes.
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Author Biography - Ralph W. Fasold
Ralph Fasold is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is Advisory Editor to the Blackwell series Language in Society.
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