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Sociolinguistic Perspectives : Papers on Language in Society, 1959-1994 - Charles A. Ferguson

Sociolinguistic Perspectives

Papers on Language in Society, 1959-1994

Hardcover Published: 15th February 1996
ISBN: 9780195092905
Number Of Pages: 360

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The work of the linguist Charles A. Ferguson spans more than three decades, and is remarkable for having been consistently at the forefront of scholarship on the relationship between language and society. This volume collects his most influential and seminal papers, each having expanded the parameters of sociolinguistics and the sociology of language. Taken together, they cover a wide range of topics and issues, and, more importantly, reflect the intellectual progress of a founder of the sociolinguistic field. The volume is divided thematically into four sections, and an introduction by Thom Huebner outlines the evolution of Ferguson's ideas and the impact they have had on other scholars. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in the field of sociolinguistics.

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Referencesp. 13
Speech Communities and Language Situationsp. 17
Referencesp. 21
Diglossiap. 25
Referencesp. 38
Language Developmentp. 40
Notep. 46
Referencesp. 46
The Role of Arabic in Ethiopia: a Sociolinguistic Perspectivep. 48
Notesp. 57
Referencesp. 57
Religious Factors in Language Spreadp. 59
Referencesp. 68
Literacy in a Hunting-Gathering Society: the Case of the Diyarip. 69
Notesp. 80
Referencesp. 81
South Asia as a Sociolinguistic Areap. 84
Referencesp. 93
Register and Genrep. 97
Referencesp. 101
Baby Talk in Six Languagesp. 103
Notesp. 113
Referencesp. 113
Absence of Copula and the Notion of Simplicity: a Study of Normal Speech, Baby Talk, Foreigner Talk and Pidginsp. 115
Notesp. 121
Referencesp. 122
The Collect as a Form of Discoursep. 124
Notesp. 131
Referencesp. 132
The Structure and Use of Politeness Formulasp. 133
Notesp. 145
Referencesp. 145
Sports Announcer Talk: Syntactic Aspects of Register Variationp. 148
Notesp. 164
Referencesp. 165
Genre and Register: One Path to Discourse Analysisp. 167
Notesp. 175
Referencesp. 175
Variation and Changep. 177
Referencesp. 179
The Sociolinguistic Variable (s) in Bengali: a Sound Change in Progress? (with Afia Dil)p. 181
Notesp. 187
Referencesp. 188
Standardization as a Form of Language Spreadp. 189
Referencesp. 197
From Esses to Aitches: Identifying Pathways of Diachronic Changep. 200
Notesp. 212
Referencesp. 213
Then They Could Read and Writep. 216
Referencesp. 225
Individual and Social in Language Change: Diachronic Changes in Politeness Agreement in Forms of Addressp. 227
Referencesp. 238
Notesp. 238
Variation and Drift: Loss of Agreement in Germanicp. 241
Referencesp. 258
Notesp. 258
Language Planningp. 261
Referencesp. 265
The Language Factor in National Developmentp. 267
Notesp. 271
On Sociolinguistically Oriented Language Surveysp. 272
Sociolinguistic Settings of Language Planningp. 277
Notesp. 293
Referencesp. 293
National Attitudes Toward Language Planningp. 295
Referencesp. 302
Conventional Conventionalization: Planned Change in Languagep. 304
Referencesp. 312
Language and National Developmentp. 313
Referencesp. 322
Ferguson Bibliography, 1985-1995p. 325
Names Indexp. 329
Topics Indexp. 336
Languages Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780195092905
ISBN-10: 0195092902
Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 15th February 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.15  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.6