The Social Differentiation of English in Norwich, Volume 13

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CUP Archive, Feb 22, 1974 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 211 pages
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Originally published in 1979, this volume was the first to attempt to apply the principles of social linguistics within a British urban community. Particularly influenced by the ideas of William Labov, it puts forward the view that linguistic expression in Norwich is intimately linked to the process of social stratification. The text is based on exhaustive research, including a large number of interviews with local residents. This research is translated into a clear and highly informative account, containing numerous carefully prepared maps, tables and diagrams. This is an important book that will be of value to anyone with an interest in sociology, linguistics, and interdisciplinary approaches within the social sciences.
 

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Contents

Davies A F 37
1
idiolect
2
Schwartz E
9
Scott W
15
Ohman S E G 176
20
phonemic overlapping 74 78 119 I22n
29
Pickford G R
35
Fasold R W 5
36
Distribution of forms for broom root and stool after SED
71
Areas of England where two types of glottalised pronunciation
81
Fischer J L 84
84
ABBREVIATIONS
90
Hagerstrand T 1 9
125
Saporta S
134
Appendix
195
Bibliography
202

questionnaire 467 534 91 i957
46
Reading H K 32
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Page vii - But sociolinguistics is more frequently used to suggest a new interdisciplinary field — the comprehensive description of the relations of language and society. This seems to me an unfortunate notion, foreshadowing a long series of purely descriptive studies with little bearing on the central theoretical problems of linguistics or of sociology.

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