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Description - The Sociolinguistics of Society by Ralph W. Fasold

This 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 make up the definitive introductory account of the subject for students throughout the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631134626
ISBN-10: 063113462X
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 165mm x 21mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1984
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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Introduction to Language and Linguistics by Ralph W. Fasold
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Studies in Language Variation by Ralph W. Fasold
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Sociolinguistics of Language by Ralph W. Fasold
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Variation in the Form and Use of Language by Ralph W. Fasold
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