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Sociolinguistic Variation
Theories, Methods, and Applications

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Robert Bayley, Ceil Lucas, Gregory R. Guy, Lisa Green, Ralph W. Fasold, Dennis R. Preston, Kirk Hazen, Allan Bell, Michael Montgomery, Natalie Schilling-Estes, Sali A. Tagliamonte, Erik R. Thomas, Carolyn Temple Adger, Donna Christian, Anna F. Vaughn-Cooke, Angela E. Rickford, John R. Rickford, Ida J. Stockman, Ronald R. Butters, John Baugh, Roger W. Shuy
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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521691819

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  • Why does human language vary from one person, or one group, to another? In what ways does it vary? How do linguists go about studying variation in, say, the sound system or the sentence structure of a particular language? Why is the study of language variation important outside the academic world, in say education, the law, employment or housing? This book provides an overview of these questions, bringing together a team of experts to survey key areas within the study of language variation and language change. Covering both the range of methods used to research variation in language, and the applications of such research to a variety of social contexts, it is essential reading for advanced students and researchers in sociolinguistics, communication, linguistic anthropology and applied linguistics.

    • Provides a current overview and bibliography of each topic
    • Includes contributions from experienced and prominent scholars in the field of sociolinguistics
    • Explores the real-world practical applications of variation research
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    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521691819
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 173 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 49 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Robert Bayley and Ceil Lucas
    Part I. Theories:
    1. Variation and phonological theory Gregory R. Guy
    2. Variation and syntactic theory Lisa Green
    3. The psycholinguistic unity of inherent variability: old Occam whips out his razor Ralph W. Fasold and Dennis R. Preston
    4. The study of variation in historical perspective Kirk Hazen
    5. Style in dialogue: Bakhtin and sociolinguistic theory Allan Bell
    6. Variation and historical linguistics Michael Montgomery
    7. Second language acquisition: a variationist perspective Robert Bayley
    8. Variation and modality Ceil Lucas
    Part II. Methods:
    9. Fieldwork Natalie Schilling-Estes
    10. Quantitative analysis Sali A. Tagliamonte
    11. Sociophonetics Erik R. Thomas
    Part III. Applications:
    12. Sociolinguistic variation and education Carolyn Temple Adger and Donna Christian
    13. Lessons learned from the Ebonics controversy: implications for language assessment Anna F. Vaughn-Cooke
    14. Variation and versatility in the classroom: contrastive analysis revisited Angela E. Rickford and John R. Rickford
    15. Social-political influences on research practices: examining language acquisition by African American children Ida J. Stockman
    16. Sociolinguistic variation and the law Ronald R. Butters
    17. Attitudes towards variation and ear-witness testimony John Baugh
    Afterword Roger W. Shuy.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Diversity of Human Language
    • Language Variation in American English
    • Language Variation in Spanish
    • Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • Editors

    Robert Bayley, University of California, Davis
    Robert Bayley is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Davis.

    Ceil Lucas, Gallaudet University, Washington DC
    Ceil Lucas is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.

    Contributors

    Robert Bayley, Ceil Lucas, Gregory R. Guy, Lisa Green, Ralph W. Fasold, Dennis R. Preston, Kirk Hazen, Allan Bell, Michael Montgomery, Natalie Schilling-Estes, Sali A. Tagliamonte, Erik R. Thomas, Carolyn Temple Adger, Donna Christian, Anna F. Vaughn-Cooke, Angela E. Rickford, John R. Rickford, Ida J. Stockman, Ronald R. Butters, John Baugh, Roger W. Shuy

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