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Social Meaning and Linguistic Variation
Theorizing the Third Wave

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Lauren Hall-Lew, Emma Moore, Robert J. Podesva, Amanda Cardoso, Emma Davies, Andrea Beltrama, Laura Staum Casasanto, Eric K. Acton, Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Annette D'Onofrio, Katie Drager, Kate Hardeman Guthrie, Rachel Schutz, Ivan Chik, Marie Maegaard, Nicolai Pharao, Devyani Sharma, Qing Zhang, Pia Quist, Rebecca Lurie Starr, Meredith Tamminga, Penelope Eckert
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  • Date Published: March 2024
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108458061

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  • The 'third wave' of variation study, spearheaded by the sociolinguist Penelope Eckert, places its focus on social meaning, or the inferences that can be drawn about speakers based on how they talk. While social meaning has always been a concern of modern sociolinguistics, its aims and assumptions have not been explicitly spelled out until now. This pioneering book provides a comprehensive overview of the central tenets of variation study, examining several components of dialects, and considering language use in a wide variety of cultural and linguistic contexts. Each chapter, written by a leader in the field, posits a unique theoretical claim about social meaning and presents new empirical data to shed light on the topic at hand. The volume makes a case for why attending to social meaning is vital to the study of variation while also providing a foundation from which variationists can productively engage with social meaning.

    • The introduction provides an explicit statement about the state of the art in third wave research to enable readers unfamiliar with the third wave to efficiently acquire a foundation
    • Each chapter pairs a theoretical point about social meaning with an original study that substantiates it
    • Chapters span the full range of linguistic practices that take on social significance.
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    '… this is an excellent volume of data-driven research that helps answer cutting-edge questions relating to social meaning, which should inspire a new generation of sociolinguists to advance our understanding of the topic in the future.' Roy Alderton, Language in Society

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    • Date Published: March 2024
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108458061
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.585kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Social Meaning and Linguistic Variation: Theoretical Foundations Lauren Hall-Lew, Emma Moore and Robert J. Podesva
    Part I. Where is (Social) Meaning?:
    2. Social Meaning and Sound Change Lauren Hall-Lew, Amanda Cardoso and Emma Davies
    3. The Social Meaning of Syntax Emma Moore
    4. The Social Meaning of Semantic Properties Andrea Beltrama and Laura Staum Casasanto
    5. Pragmatics and the Third Wave: The Social Meaning of Definites Eric K. Acton
    6. The Cognitive Structure behind Indexicality: Correlations in Tasks Linking /s/ Variation and Masculinity Kathryn Campbell-Kibler
    Part II. The Structure of Social Meaning:
    7. Sociolinguistic Signs as Cognitive Representations Annette D'Onofrio
    8. Perceptions of Style: A Focus on Fundamental Frequency and Perceived Social Characteristics Katie Drager, Kate Hardeman Guthrie, Rachel Schutz and Ivan Chik
    9. Features, Meanings, and Indexical Fields Marie Maegaard and Nicolai Pharao
    10. Reconciling Seemingly Conflicting Social Meanings Roey J. Gafter
    11. Biographical Indexicality: Personal History as a Frame of Reference for Social Meaning in Variation Devyani Sharma
    Part III. Meaning and Linguistic Change:
    12. Emergence of Social Meaning in Sociolinguistic Change Qing Zhang
    13. Multiethnolect and Dialect in and across Communities Pia Quist
    14. Changing Language, Changing Character Types Rebecca Lurie Starr
    15. Social Meaning and the Temporal Dynamics of Sound Change Meredith Tamminga
    16. The Role of the Body in Language Change Robert J. Podesva
    17. Afterword Penelope Eckert.

  • Editors

    Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh
    Lauren Hall-Lew is Reader in Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on differences in speech among speakers of different social backgrounds and in different social contexts.

    Emma Moore, University of Sheffield
    Emma Moore is Professor of Sociolinguistics and British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2019–2020). She researches the social meaning of syntax and has edited three other CUP volumes: Analysing Older English (2011); Language and A Sense of Place (2017); and Categories, Constructions, and Change in English Syntax (2019).

    Robert J. Podesva, Stanford University, California
    Robert J. Podesva is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University, where he directs the Interactional Sociophonetics Laboratory. His research examines the social significance of phonetic variation and its role in the construction of identity. He is co-editor (with Devyani Sharma) of Research Methods in Linguistics.

    Contributors

    Lauren Hall-Lew, Emma Moore, Robert J. Podesva, Amanda Cardoso, Emma Davies, Andrea Beltrama, Laura Staum Casasanto, Eric K. Acton, Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Annette D'Onofrio, Katie Drager, Kate Hardeman Guthrie, Rachel Schutz, Ivan Chik, Marie Maegaard, Nicolai Pharao, Devyani Sharma, Qing Zhang, Pia Quist, Rebecca Lurie Starr, Meredith Tamminga, Penelope Eckert

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