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ISBN-13: 978-0521565141 ISBN-10: 0521565146 Edition: 2nd

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."..this new edition will continue to render the same precious services to students as the former edition." Journal of Indo-European Studies --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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To reflect changes in the field since publication of the first edition in 1980, the author has added new sections on politeness, accommodation, and prototypes. He has also expanded discussion of sex differences in language use and the relationship between language and thought.
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  • Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (June 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521565146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521565141
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erika Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2004
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This is a passable, though wordy, introduction to the field. The book covers the standard topics in sociolinguistics, including: language variation, language varieties, code-switching, anthropological linguistics, gender differences, and educational implications of sociolinguistics (concentrating on Britain). The organization of topics often seems to circle back on itself, with points being repeated in different places rather than being grouped together. The author attacks the work of both Labov and Chomsky without following through with comprehensible arguments.

The explanations are not always clear, especially in the section on quantitative study of speech, which is replete with unlabeled or poorly labeled graphs. The author is also not very careful with his accuracy of comments. Consider for instance, this quote from page 61 about pidgins: "As for morphology, this is left out altogether, which again makes for ease of learning....The best way to illustrate these characteristics of pidgins is by discussing a sentence from Tok Pisin, the English-based pidgin spoken in Papua New Guinea. Bai em i no lukim mi. `He will not see me.'" Below this, luk- is glossed as `see', and -im is glossed as "added obligatorily whenever the verb has an object". It's hard to see how this example illustrates how morphology has been left out altogether! The book contains many examples of such blanket overstatements or carelessness.

Although the book is often used as a course text, it lacks suggested exercises, projects, or suggestions for additional reading. It does contain an excellent bibliography and index.
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By R. Tillman on February 16, 2009
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Sociolinguistics by R. A. Hudson is an enlightening book that links language to the communities in which we speak. It acknowledges the limitations and successes of non-social linguistics and sociolinguistics. It is fairly easy for someone without an extensive linguistic background to follow. The excitement and importance of this field is entertainingly represented by the author. It is somewhat written like a textbook, with it's sections, noted vocabulary, and summations. However, it is also a cohesive book in that each topic flows into the next. One of it's limitations is that the simple stick figure illustrations do not help much with clarifying points. Also, while there are excellent anecdotal examples of specific languages and cultures, there is a lack of examples to make each linguistic topic easily understood. Even with these limitations this is a fascinating book and will be not only informative, but also enjoyable to anyone who is curious about the role of language in society.
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Hudson calls his "theoretical conclusion" (Chapter 7), the "individual-versus-community focus. A speaker, as an individual, presents his "face" or "the public image that the speaker presents to the rest of the world." (230) A speaker, as community member, expresses "allegiance." Hudson says that to study this, he needs a theory of a speaker's (1) competence or awareness of people, (2) knowledge of social structure, (3) typical items like addresses, and situations, and (4) strength of "prototypes" (some kind of cultural category based on distinctive features). So, it seems that sociolinguistics is to study (1) personal motivation and (2) the kinds of solidarities in the speaker's social system.

Different types of languages (Chapter 2) display various degrees of motivation to social solidarity as "speech communities." Speech communities are standard languages; dialects; diglossia (bilingualism);, code switching (having different language by status), code mixing (using different status languages together), trade languages (like Amazonian Tukano, a language of one of 25 tribes, that is used as a trade language by all tribes); pidgins; creoles; and registers (individual expressions).

He refers in passing to the relation of syntax to social structure. Syntax resists variation more than do vocabulary or morphology, he says. (43) Few are the studies of this, however, if only because it is easier to study morphology or vocabulary. For an example of how mixing languages suppresses syntactic variation, Hudson refers to Bulgarian, Albanian, and Romanian, which share a peculiar suffix-definite-article across their borders. Hudson does not develop this, except in the negative, by saying that variations in vocabulary and morphology mark social differences. Syntax marks cohesion.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2013
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I could not recommend this book any higher. A great look on the ins-and-outs of the issue, its problems, its strengths, its applications. A truly thorough approach for a not-so-large volume. If you have the chance to read any of these books from the Cambridge Series, you would do well to take advantage of them.
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