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Language and Ethnicity

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Part of Key Topics in Sociolinguistics

  • Date Published: September 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521612913
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  • What is ethnicity? Is there a 'white' way of speaking? Why do people sometimes borrow features of another ethnic group's language? Why do we sometimes hear an accent that isn't there? This lively overview, first published in 2006, reveals the fascinating relationship between language and ethnic identity, exploring the crucial role it plays in both revealing a speaker's ethnicity and helping to construct it. Drawing on research from a range of ethnic groups around the world, it shows how language contributes to the social and psychological processes involved in the formation of ethnic identity, exploring both the linguistic features of ethnic language varieties and also the ways in which language is used by different ethnic groups. Complete with discussion questions and a glossary, Language and Ethnicity will be welcomed by students and researchers in sociolinguistics, as well as anybody interested in ethnic issues, language and education, inter-ethnic communication, and the relationship between language and identity.

    • First overview of the relationship between language and the construction of individual ethnic identity
    • Looks at the language of a wide range of ethnic groups around the world
    • Written in a lively and accessible style
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    "Fought's latest book on sociolinguistics is informative, comprehensive, and enlightening. It provides an accessible discussion of the interrelationship of language and ethnicity with superb examples of all of the phenomena discussed. A glossary of terms and a comprehensive set of references complement this excellent volume."
    -Frank Nuessel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Language Problems & Language Planning

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    15th May 2014 by Happywife27

    I like this book :- It brought me a lot of thoughts. And it also helped me to write my individual work.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521612913
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General Issues in Ethnicity and Language:
    1. What is ethnicity?
    2. Language and the construction of ethnic identity
    Part II. Linguistic Features and Ethnicity in Specific Groups:
    3. African-American groups
    4. Latino groups
    5. Linguistic variation in other multiethnic settings
    6. Are white people ethnic? Whiteness, dominance, and ethnicity
    7. Dialect contact, ethnicity and language change
    Part III. The Role of Language Use in Ethnicity:
    8. Discourse features, pragmatics and ethnicity
    9. Interethnic communication and language prejudice
    10. Crossing: may I borrow your ethnicity?
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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Language and Identity
    • Language, Race, and Ethnicity in the US
  • Author

    Carmen Fought, Pitzer College, Claremont
    Carmen Fought is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College, Claremont, California.

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