Language and Situation: Language Varieties and their Social Contexts

Language and Situation: Language Varieties and their Social Contexts

by Michael Gregory, Susanne Carroll

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Originally published in 1978. This book provides and explains a framework for understanding and describing variations of style of language in relation to the social context in which it is used. Constant features of language users, such as their temporal, geographical. and social origins, their range of intelligibility, and their individualities, are related to concepts of dialects, but dialects are not the only kind of language variety. There are features of language situations that yield others; the medium used, the roles of the users and their relationships, as well as recurring situations and cultural habits, all relate to the style employed. Variety in language can be seen in terms of the major functions of language, as 'content' as 'inter-action' and as 'texture'. Studying variety in language from sociological and linguistic aspects this book is also interesting for psycholinguistics and literary study.

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ISBN-13: 9780429790195
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/14/2018
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Sociolinguistics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 124
File size: 712 KB

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Preface  1. Introduction  2. Dialect  3. Fields of Discourse  4. Modes of Discourse  5. Tenors of Discourse  6. Register  7. Code  8. Conclusion: Textual Varieties, Meaning and Social Context.  Appendix

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