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Linguistic Variation And Change: On The Historical Sociolinguistics Of English (Language In Society)

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This book is concerned with the explanation of linguistic change. Focusing on variation in the English language, it explores the extent to which language change is a social phenomenon. Language, James Milroy holds, cannot adequately be observed or described independently of society. In analysing patterns of language use, we must be aware of social and situational contexts and of the norms of usage in the speech community. He discusses these methodological issues in relation to his own sociolinguistic research in Belfast, and argues that in explaining language variation we need first to understand these factors which maintain language and resist change. In contrast to the intra-linguistic approach of traditional historical work, this book presents a social model of change derived from the study of social networks and the links between networks and social class. Language change, Professor Milroy suggests, is made possible to the extent that it is passed from person to person in conversational encounters.

First published in 1992, this paperback edition is in a reasonable, used condition. There is an original price sticker on the back cover and there are few marks on the front cover. A previous owner's name is inscribed on the inside front cover.

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Author(s):
James Milroy
Condition:
Fair
Dimensions:
23cmx15cmx1cm
Edition:
1992 first edition
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
063114367X
ISBN-13:
9780631143673
Number of pages:
244
Publisher:
Wiley Blackwell
Title:
Linguistic Variation And Change: On The Historical Sociolinguistics Of English (Language In Society)

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This book is concerned with the explanation of linguistic change. Focusing on variation in the English language, it explores the extent to which language change is a social phenomenon. Language, James Milroy holds, cannot adequately be observed or described independently of society. In analysing patterns of language use, we must be aware of social and situational contexts and of the norms of usage in the speech community. He discusses these methodological issues in relation to his own sociolinguistic research in Belfast, and argues that in explaining language variation we need first to understand these factors which maintain language and resist change. In contrast to the intra-linguistic approach of traditional historical work, this book presents a social model of change derived from the study of social networks and the links between networks and social class. Language change, Professor Milroy suggests, is made possible to the extent that it is passed from person to person in conversational encounters.

First published in 1992, this paperback edition is in a reasonable, used condition. There is an original price sticker on the back cover and there are few marks on the front cover. A previous owner's name is inscribed on the inside front cover.

Author(s):
James Milroy
Condition:
Fair
Dimensions:
23cmx15cmx1cm
Edition:
1992 first edition
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
063114367X
ISBN-13:
9780631143673
Number of pages:
244
Publisher:
Wiley Blackwell
Title:
Linguistic Variation And Change: On The Historical Sociolinguistics Of English (Language In Society)

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