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Teen Talk
The Language of Adolescents


  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107676176
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  • How do today's teenagers talk? What are the distinguishing features of their style of language, and what do they tell us about the English language more generally? Drawing on a huge corpus of examples collected over a fifteen-year period, Sali A. Tagliamonte undertakes a detailed study of adolescents' language and argues that it acts as a 'bellwether' for the future of the English language. Teenagers are often accused of 'lowering the standards' of the English language by the way they talk and text. From spoken words - 'like', 'so', 'just', and 'stuff' - to abbreviated expressions used online, this fascinating book puts young people's language under the microscope, examining and demystifying the origins of new words, and tracking how they vary according to gender, geographical location, and social circumstances. Highly topical and full of new insights, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in how teenagers talk.

    • Provides documentation of an under-studied population: the language of pre-adolescents, teenagers and young adults
    • Includes stories, tales, expressions and sayings as well as many examples of interesting teen language features
    • Contributes insights into sociolinguistics, lifespan change, linguistic change and linguistic theory
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    'Teen Talk offers an exciting, thought-provoking, and engaging observation of the 'good, the bad and the lovely' aspects of youth language. Using a wide range of datasets from the Bergen Corpus of London Teenage Language to insights gained from kitchen table conversations with her own children, Tagliamonte forcefully demonstrates how the linguistic behaviour of young people offers fascinating insights into the dynamics of how linguistic systems can be reorganized from one generation to the next. If you manage to read just one book on this topic at any stage of your own life, make it this one.' Karen Corrigan, Newcastle University

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    09th Jun 2016 by Abdelkader73

    TAGLIAMONTE is a great writer in terms of dealing with language and linguistics

    Review was not posted due to profanity


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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107676176
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 77 b/w illus. 53 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. What's all the fuss about teen language?
    2. Teens talking
    3. Methods: how to tap teen language?
    4. Quotatives: I'm like, 'Oh my God!'
    5. Intensifiers: upping the ante: super cool!
    6. How do you start a sentence?
    7. Sentence enders: finish with a flourish
    8. Generics: stuffology
    9. Just: just what?
    10. Adjectives: the good, the bad and lovely
    11. Other funky teenage features: you know what? I dunno. Whatever!
    12. Internet language: everyone's online
    13. Are they always going to talk like that?

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    Sali A. Tagliamonte, University of Toronto
    Sali A. Tagliamonte is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. She has published five books on varieties of English, dialects, variation, and how to observe, analyse and understand language.

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