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The Linguistic Individual: Self-Expression in Language and Linguistics (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics)

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Publisher Comments:

Linguists usually discuss language or dialects in terms of groups of speakers. Believing that patterns can be seen more clearly in the group than the individual, researchers often present group scores with no indication of the variation within the group. Even though linguists acknowledge that no two individuals speak alike, few study individual variation and voice.

Barbara Johnstone makes a case for the individual's importance and idiosyncrasies in language and linguistics. Using theoretical arguments and discourse analysis, along with linguistic examples from a variety of speakers and settings, Johnstone illustrates how speakers draw on linguistic models associated with class, ethnicity, gender, and region, among others, to construct an individual voice. In doing so Johnstone shows that certain important questions in sociolinguistics and pragmatics can only be answered with reference to individual speakers. Johnstone's study is important both for the understanding of speech as expressive of self, and for the study of variation and mechanisms of linguistic choice and change.

Synopsis:

An examination of various discourse genres, showing how choices among linguistic resources are mediated by self-expressive choices. Linguistic consistency across various situations is discussed with the question of how, if language is fundamentally idiosyncratic, people can understand one another.

About the Author

Barbara Johnstone is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Texas A&M University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195101850
Preface:
Johnstone, Barbara
Author:
Johnstone, Barbara
Preface by:
Johnstone, Barbara
Preface:
Johnstone, Barbara
Author:
null, Barbara
Author:
Johnstone, Barbara
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Self
Subject:
Individuality
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Anthropological linguistics
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics and Anthropological Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics & Anthropological Linguistics
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
imitation leather over board burgundy R7000
Series:
Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 figures
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.04x6.20x.60 in. .77 lbs.

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