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Linguistic Variation and Change

Linguistic Variation and Change

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The study of variation and change is at the heart of the sociolinguistics. Providing a wide survey of the field, this textbook is organised around three constraints on variation: linguistic structure, social structure and identity, and social and linguistic perception. By considering both structure and meaning, Scott F. Kiesling examines the most important issues surrounding variation theory, including canonical studies and terms, as well as challenges to them. Research in non-English and non-European contexts is also addressed.A range of different topics within sociolinguistics is covered including: * The linguistic variable and its status* Sociolinguistic methods* The description of variable patterns* Linguistic and social structure* Social meaning and perception.With over 50 figures and a practical section on methodology, this textbook is an ideal solution for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociolinguistics seeking a comprehensive study of variation and change

Author: Scott F. Kiesling
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Published: 04/29/2011
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.10w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780748637621

About the Author

Scott F. Kiesling is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. He has published on a wide variety of sociolinguistic projects. Through analyses of language in use in a number of different populations and places, he has focused on understanding how speakers create social meaning with language.

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