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Sociolinguistics and Social Theory : Language in Social Life - Nikolas Coupland

Sociolinguistics and Social Theory

Language in Social Life

Paperback Published: 25th May 2001
ISBN: 9780582327832
Number Of Pages: 399

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The empirical and descriptive strengths of sociolinguistics, developed over more than 40 years of research, have not been matched by an active engagement with theory. Yet, over this time, social theorising has taken important new turns, linked in many ways to linguistic and discursive concerns. Sociolinguistics and Social Theory is the first book to explore the interface between sociolinguistic analysis and modern social theory. Nikolas Coupland is Professor and Director of the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University. Srikant Sarangi is Reader in Language and Communication at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University, and Christopher N. Candlin is Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for English Language Education and Communication Research, City University of Hong Kong. The book sets out to reunite sociolinguistics with the concepts and perspectives of several of the most influential modern theorists of society and social action, including Bakhtin, Foucault, Habermas, Sacks, Goffman, Bourdieu and Giddens. In eleven newly commissioned chapters, leading sociolinguists reappraise the theoretical framing of their research, reaching out beyond conventional limits. The authors propose significant new orientations to key sociolinguistic themes, including: - social motivations for language variation and change- language, power and authority- language and ageing- language, race and class- language planningIn substantial introductory and concluding chapters, the editors and invited discussants reassess the boundaries of sociolinguistic theory and the priorities of sociolinguistic methods. Sociolinguistics and Social Theory encourages students and researchers of sociolinguistics to be more reflexively aware and critical of the social bases of their analyses and invites a reasessment of the place sociolinguistics occupies in the social sciences generally.

"'Sociolinguistics and Social Theory" is a useful and often challenging volume'. "Notes and Queries, Vol 50, no 1, March 2003."

List of contributors
Editors' Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: Sociolinguistic theory and social theoryp. 1
Language, theory and the socialp. 27
A comparative perspective on social theoretical accounts of the language-action interrelationshipp. 29
Dynamics of differentiation: On social psychology and cases of language variationp. 61
Sociolinguistics, cognitivism and discursive psychologyp. 88
Language and discourse as social practicep. 105
Dynamics of discourse or stability of structure: Sociolinguistics and the legacy from linguisticsp. 107
Discourse, accumulation of symbolic capital and power: The case of American Visionsp. 127
Co-membership and wiggle room: Some implications of the study of talk for the development of social theoryp. 152
Language, ideology and social categorisationp. 183
Age in social and sociolinguistic theoryp. 185
Undoing the macro/micro dichotomy: Ideology and categorisation in a linguistic minority schoolp. 212
The social categories of race and class: Language ideology and sociolinguisticsp. 235
Language crossing, cross-talk, and cross-disciplinarity in sociolinguisticsp. 261
Discourse theory and language planning: A critical reading of language planning reports in Switzerlandp. 297
Retrospective commentariesp. 321
'Critical' social theory: Good to think with or something more?p. 323
Who needs social theory anyway?p. 334
'Motivational relevancies': Some methodological reflections on social theoretical and sociolinguistic practicep. 350
Indexp. 389
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ISBN: 9780582327832
ISBN-10: 0582327830
Series: Language in Social Life
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 399
Published: 25th May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1