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Investigating Variation: The Effects of Social Organization and Social Setting (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics)

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Linguistic variation has been studied primarily in communities with the dominant social organization of our time: ethnic diversity, socioeconomic stratification, and a population size that precludes community-wide face-to-face interaction. In such communities variation correlates with ethnicity and class. Investigating Variation explores a different kind of social structure: small size, dense kinship ties, common occupation, and absence of social stratification. In the community investigated here, social homogeneity and constant face-to-face interaction made accommodation unnecessary, and extremely weak extra-community norming for the local minority language permitted a very high level of individual variation.

Nancy C. Dorian's examination of the fisherfolk Gaelic spoken in a Highland Scottish village offers a number of explanations for delayed recognition of a linguistic variation unrelated to social class or other social sub-groupings. Reports of similar variation phenomena in locations with similar features (contemporary minority-language pockets in Ireland, Russia, Norway, Canada, and Cameroon) make it possible to identify a particular set of factors that contribute to the emergence and persistence of socially neutral inter-speaker and intra-speaker variation. Facets of language use related to social structure remain to be investigated in communities with still other forms of social organization before the few communities that represent them disappear altogether.

About the Author

Nancy C. Dorian is Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College (retired).

Table of Contents

1. The Variation Puzzle

2. The East Sutherland Fishing Communities

3. Dimensions of Linguistic Variation in a Socioeconomically Homogeneous Population

4. A General Introduction to Speakers and Variables

5. A Close Look at Some Embo Variables and their Use

6. Kin Groups, Peer Groups, and Variation

7. Speech Norms, Accommodation, and Speaking Well in Gaelic Embo

8. Socially Neutral Linguistic Variation: Where, Why, What for, and How?

9. Conclusion

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780195385922
Author:
Dorian, Nancy C.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Nancy C.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Scottish Gaelic language - Social aspects
Subject:
Scottish Gaelic language - Dialects -
Subject:
Celtic Languages
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Anthropological linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics | Sociolinguistics & Anthropological Linguistics
Subject:
Foreign Languages-British and Celtic
Series:
Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.1 x 0.9 in 1.194 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Reference » Words Phrases and Language
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » Differential Equations

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