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Attitudes to Language

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  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521766043
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  • Just about everyone seems to have views about language. Language attitudes and language ideologies permeate our daily lives. Our competence, intelligence, friendliness, trustworthiness, social status, group memberships, and so on, are often judged from the way we communicate. Even the speed at which we speak can evoke reactions. And we often try to anticipate such judgements as we communicate. In this lively introduction, Peter Garrett draws upon research carried out over recent decades in order to discuss such attitudes and the implications they have for our use of language, for social advantage or discrimination, and for social identity. Using a range of examples that includes punctuation, words, grammar, pronunciation, accents, dialects and languages, this book explores the intricate and fascinating ways in which language influences our everyday thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

    • Each chapter includes further reading and a set of discussion questions to test students' understanding
    • A useful glossary of terms helps readers understand the concepts
    • Draws on a wider range of geographical and social contexts than any other book on the market
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    '… essential reading for all those concerned with the 'social life of language'.' John Edwards, St Francis Xavier University

    '… likely to be the standard text for students in the field for many years to come.' Tore Kristiansen, Copenhagen University

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    16th Apr 2016 by Fonseca17

    Attitude to language is a construct that explains linguistic behaviour in particular. It may be positive or negative as well as instrumental or integrative. It varies from favourably to unfavourably or vice-versa in language learning and acquisition, choice and use of language in different domains and hence, it is important in the question of survival and development of a particular language and in the chances of success in language policy implementation.

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    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521766043
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 16 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Fundamentals of language attitudes
    3. Main approaches to the study of language attitudes
    4. Matched and verbal guise studies: focus on English
    5. Matched and verbal guise research in more contexts
    6. Attitudes to speech styles and other variables: communication features, speakers, hearers, and contexts
    7. Communication accommodation theory
    8. Language attitudes in professional contexts
    9. Societal treatment studies
    10. Direct approach
    11. Folklinguistics
    12. An integrated programme of language attitudes research
    Conclusion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Analysis of the English language
    • Dynamics of Language Use
    • Topics in Linguistics: Language Attitudes and Ideologies
  • Author

    Peter Garrett, Cardiff University
    Peter Garrett is Professor of Language and Communication at the Cardiff University Centre for Language and Communication Research. His recent publications include Investigating Language Attitudes: Social Meanings of Dialect, Ethnicity and Performance (with Coupland and Williams, 2003).

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