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Style: Language Variation and Identity (Key Topics in Sociolinguistics)by Nikolas Coupland
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Style refers to ways of speaking - how speakers use the resource of language variation to make meaning in social encounters. This book develops a coherent theoretical approach to style in sociolinguistics, illustrated with copious examples. It explains how speakers project different social identities and create different social relationships through their style choices, and how speech-style and social context inter-relate. Style therefore refers to the wide range of strategic actions and performances that speakers engage in, to construct themselves and their social lives. Coupland draws on and integrates a wide variety of contemporary sociolinguistic research as well as his own extensive research in this field. The emphasis is on how social meanings are made locally, in specific relationships, genres, groups and cultures, and on studying language variation as part of the analysis of spoken discourse.
Explains the concept of style in speech and examines ways of studying accents and dialects.
This book explains the concept of style in speech and examines ways of studying accents and dialects. It explains, theoretically and with copious examples, how style in language creates social meanings, for example by changing the quality of social relationships or allowing speakers to project different identities.
People use different ways of speaking - styles - in different situations. This book explains the concept of style in speech and examines ways of studying accents and dialects. It explains, theoretically and with copious examples, how style in language creates social meanings, for example by changing the quality of social relationships or allowing speakers to project different identities. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary studies, the book emphasises the value of interpreting style as speech performance, using insights from anthropological linguistics and discourse analysis. In this account, 'style' is a focal concern for sociolinguistics, analysing how very different social meanings are made by drawing on the linguistic resources that accent and dialect variation provides. The emphasis is on how these meanings are made locally, in specific relationships, genres, groups and cultures.
About the Author
Nikolas Coupland is Professor and Research Director of the Cardiff University Centre for Language and Communication Research. He is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Sociolinguistics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Style and meaning in sociolinguistic structure; 3. Style for audiences; 4. Sociolinguistic resources for styling; 5. Styling social identities; 6. High performance and identity stylisation; 7. Coda: style and social reality.
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