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Variation, Versatility and Change in Sociolinguistics and Creole Studies

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Gillian Sankoff, Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Angela E. Rickford, Robin Melnick, Sharese King
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  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107086135

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  • By the award-winning former president of the Linguistic Society of America, this collection of some of John Russell Rickford's pioneering works shows how linguists in sociolinguistics and creole studies can benefit from utilizing data, theories and methods from each other, as they more frequently did in the 1960s and 1970s, when both subfields, in their modern forms at least, were getting started. The volume addresses fundamental sociolinguistic topics such as social class, style, fieldwork, speech community, sociolinguistic competence and language attitudes with data from Guyanese and other Caribbean creoles. Recurrent concepts are also considered including language versatility, variation and change, vernacular use, school success and criminal justice in African America and the Caribbean, using models, case studies and methodologies from sociolinguistics. Theoretical and applied scholars, students apprehensive about sociolinguistic fieldwork, and those considering dynamic methods like implicational scaling about which little is written in linguistics textbooks, will find this volume invaluable. Includes a Foreword by Gillian Sankoff.

    • Includes several of John Russell Rickford's key works in one place, including two brand new, specially-written chapters
    • Addresses key theoretical concepts in sociolinguistics with data from creole communities and insights from recent data from African America and the Caribbean
    • Provides an invaluable resource for researchers who wish to assess the linguistic and sociolinguistic competence of speakers in their speech communities or communities of practice more deeply than most current methods provide for
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    ‘A much-needed collection showcasing the breadth of Rickford's work. Rickford always underpins careful descriptive work with integrity, and a deep commitment to the theoretical and moral dimensions of intellectual inquiry.' Miriam Meyerhoff, Victoria University of Wellington

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107086135
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 39 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Gillian Sankoff
    1. Sociolinguistic fieldwork in a racial and political maelstrom: getting in, getting on, and primary recording instruments and techniques
    2. Symbol of powerlessness and degeneracy? Or symbol of solidarity and truth? Paradoxical attitudes towards pidgins and creoles with Elizabeth Closs Traugott
    3. 'Me Tarzan, you Jane!': cognition, expression and the creole speaker
    4. The haves and have nots: sociolinguistic surveys and the assessment of speaker competence
    5. Connections between sociolinguistics and pidgin-creole studies
    6. Implicational scales
    7. Variation and the versatility approach to language arts in schools and societies with Angela E. Rickford
    8. Le Page's theoretical and applied legacy in sociolinguistics and creole studies
    9. The social and the linguistic in sociolinguistic variation: Mii en noo (me ain' know)
    10. A variationist approach to subject-aux question inversion in Bajan and other Caribbean creole Englishes, AAVE and Appalachian with Robin Melnick
    11. Situation: stylistic variation in sociolinguistic corpora and theory
    12. Language and linguistic on trial: hearing Rachel Jeantel (and other vernacular speakers) in the courtroom and beyond with Sharese King
    13 The continuing need for new approaches to social class analysis in sociolinguistics
    14. Concord and conflict in the speech community
    15. The joy of sociolinguistic fieldwork.

  • Author

    John Russell Rickford, Stanford University, California
    John Russell Rickford is J. E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities and Linguistics at Stanford University, California. Author of over 100 articles and author/editor of fourteen books in Linguistics, John won the American Book Award in 2000 for Spoken Soul (2000), co-authored with his son Russell, and the 'Best Paper in Language Award, 2016' for a paper (co-authored with Sharese King and included in this volume) on the 2013 trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.


    Gillian Sankoff


    Gillian Sankoff, Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Angela E. Rickford, Robin Melnick, Sharese King

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