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Talk that Counts : Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse - Ronald K. S. Macaulay

Talk that Counts

Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780195173826
Number Of Pages: 235

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Talk That Counts is a sociolinguistic study of variation in discourse employing quantitative methods to explore age, gender, and social class differences in the use of features such as you know, I mean, adverbs, and pronouns.
Unlike many studies of discourse variation that focus on a single social factor, Talk That Counts examines age, gender, and social class differences in a gender-balanced sample of middle-class and working-class adolescents and adults, recorded under the same conditions. Differences between adults and adolescents provided the greatest number of statistically significant results, followed by differences between males and females. The smallest number of statistically significant differences were related to social class. The range of variation underlines the need to look at more than a single extra-linguistic variable when examining discourse. It also shows the dangers of generalizing about social class, for example, on the basis of a limited sample (e.g., adolescent boys).
In Talk That Counts, distinguished sociolinguist Ronald Macaulay presents an important new approach to the sociolinguistic investigation of discourse variation.

"Overall, this is a book to which I will return again and again. It provides us with a wealth of data, a model for future research, and a basis for future theory building."--Linguist List 16.1592 "Overall, this is a book to which I will return again and again. It provides us with a wealth of data, a model for future research, and a basis for future theory building."--Linguist List 16.1592

Discourse variationp. 3
Methodologyp. 12
The samplep. 20
Social classp. 35
Decoding Bernsteinp. 40
Talk in actionp. 45
Some common discourse featuresp. 57
Syntactic variationp. 87
Modals and modalityp. 96
Adverbs and social classp. 112
Articles and pronounsp. 129
The use of dialogue in narrativesp. 139
Results of quantitative measuresp. 156
Discourse stylesp. 159
Discourse sociolinguisticsp. 188
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ISBN: 9780195173826
ISBN-10: 0195173821
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 235
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35