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Language and Social Networks : Language in Society - Lesley Milroy

Language and Social Networks

Language in Society


Published: 19th June 1995
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Social networks - those informal and formal social relationships of which any human society is composed - are distinguished by their own patterns of language use. Lesley Milroy is concerned with the manner in which patterns of linguistic variation characterize particular groups (social and cultural, geographic, male and female) within a complex urban community. First published in 1980, Language and Social Networks has had a great influence on the development of sociolinguistics. The second edition incorporates an extensive new chapter reappraising the original research and discussing other sociolinguistic work in the same paradigm.

Editor's Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.


1. Language, Class and Community.

2. Obtaining Data in the Speech Community: Major Principles.

3. Studying Language in the Community: The Fieldworker and the Social Network.

4. The Social Context of Speech Events.

5. The Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Data.

6. The Language of the Individual Speaker: Patterns of Variation and Network Structure.

7. Conclusions and Theoretical Implications.




ISBN: 9780631153146
ISBN-10: 0631153144
Series: Language in Society
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 19th June 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.44  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised