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Meaning and Linguistic Variation
The Third Wave in Sociolinguistics

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  • Date Published: July 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107559899

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  • Linguistic styles particularly variations in pronunciation, carry a wide range of meaning - from speakers' socio-economic class to their mood or stance in the moment. This book examines the development of the study of sociolinguistic variation, from early demographic studies to a focus on the construction of social meaning in stylistic practice. It traces the development of the 'Third Wave' approach to sociolinguistic variation, uncovering the stylistic practices that underlie broad societal patterns of change. Eckert charts the development of her thinking and of the emergence of a theoretical community around the 'Third Wave' approach to social meaning. Featuring brand new material alongside earlier seminal work, it provides a coherent account of the social meaning of linguistic variation.

    • Relates day-to-day stylistic practice to large societal patterns
    • Enables readers to see the relationship between the macro-social and micro-social changes
    • Readers will understand how meaning is constructed in stylistic practice
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    • Date Published: July 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107559899
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Beginnings and Gascon:
    1. The paradox of national language movements
    2. Diglossia: separate and unequal
    3. Back home
    Part II. Jocks, Burnouts and the Second Wave:
    4. Clothing and geography in a suburban high school
    5. Sound change and adolescent social structure
    6. The local and the extra-local
    7. Variation and a sense of place
    8. On the outs
    9. Communities of practice
    10. Liberated by gender
    11. The whole woman: sex and gender differences in variation
    12. Style
    13. Variation and personal/group style
    14. Back to elementary school
    15. Vowels and nailpolish: the emergence of linguistic style in the preadolescent heterosexual marketplace
    Part III. The Third Wave:
    16. Demystifying sexuality and desire
    17. /t/ release and beyond
    18. Agency
    19. Elephants in the room
    20. The nature of indexicality in variation
    21. Variation and the indexical field
    22. What kinds of signs are these?
    23. Where do ethnolects stop?
    24. The semiotic landscape
    25. Spreading vs circulation
    26. Where do we go from here?

  • Author

    Penelope Eckert, Stanford University, California
    Penelope Eckert is the Albert Ray Lang Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at Stanford University. She is author of Jocks and Burnouts (1990), Linguistic Variation as Social Practice (2000), co-editor of Style and Sociolinguistic Variation (Cambridge, 2002) with John R. Rickford and co-author of Language and Gender (Cambridge, 2013) with Sally McConnell-Ginet.

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