978-0-14-013470-4 / 9780140134704

Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society


Publisher:Penguin Books



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Apart from out gender, a thousand and one factors influence the way we speak: our environment (there are many camel words in Bedouin Arabic); our age, race and class; the part of the country we come from; whom we identify with and whom we despise. In this well-known Pelican, Professor Trudgill draws on languages from Afrikaans to Yiddish, and countries from Scotland to Sierra Leone to illuminates these fascinating topics and provide a painless introduction to sociolinguistics. Above all, he explores the astounding variations in spoken English, as well as several related pidgins and creoles. He shows, for example, that West Indian Creoles are genuine languages originally based on English, not just forms of 'broken English', one of many findings with important implication for educationalists - and indeed for us all - in today's multicultural society.

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