Sociolinguistic Perspectives: Papers on Language in Society, 1959-1994

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SOCIOLINGUISTIC
PERSPECTIVES

Papers on Language in Society,
1959-1994

CHARLES A. FERGUSON

Edited by
THOM HUEBNER

New York Oxford
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
1996

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 3
  • References 13
  • I - Speech Communities and Language Situations 17
  • References 21
  • 1 - Diglossia 25
  • References 38
  • 2 - Language Development 40
  • Note 46
  • References 46
  • 3 - The Role of Arabic in Ethiopia: a Sociolinguistic Perspective 48
  • Notes 57
  • References 57
  • 4 - Religious Factors in Language Spread 59
  • References 68
  • 5 - Literacy in a Hunting-Gathering Society: the Case of the Diyari 69
  • Notes 80
  • References 81
  • 6 - South Asia as a Sociolinguistic Area 84
  • References 93
  • II - Register and Genre 97
  • References 101
  • 7 - Baby Talk in Six Languages 103
  • Notes 113
  • References 113
  • 8 - Absence of Copula and the Notion of Simplicity: a Study of Normal Speech, Baby Talk, Foreigner Talk and Pidgins 115
  • Notes 121
  • References 122
  • 9 - The Collect as a Form of Discourse 124
  • Notes 131
  • References 132
  • 10 - The Structure and Use of Politeness Formulas 133
  • Notes 145
  • References 145
  • 11 - Sports Announcer Talk: Syntactic Aspects of Register Variation 148
  • Notes 164
  • References 165
  • 12 - Genre and Register: One Path to Discourse Analysis 167
  • Notes 175
  • References 175
  • III - Variation and Change 177
  • References 179
  • 13 - The Sociolinguistic Variable (s) in Bengali: a Sound Change in Progress? (with Afia Dil) 181
  • Notes 187
  • References 188
  • 14 - Standardization as a Form of Language Spread 189
  • References 197
  • 15 - From Esses to Aitches: Identifying Pathways of Diachronic Change 200
  • Notes 212
  • References 213
  • 16 - Then They Could Read and Write 216
  • References 225
  • 17 - Individual and Social in Language Change: Diachronic Changes in Politeness Agreement in Forms of Address 227
  • Notes 238
  • References 238
  • 18 - Variation and Drift: Loss of Agreement in Germanic 241
  • Notes 258
  • References 258
  • IV - Language Planning 261
  • References 265
  • 19 - The Language Factor in National Development 267
  • Notes 271
  • 20 - On Sociolinguistically Oriented Language Surveys 272
  • 21 - Sociolinguistic Settings of Language Planning 277
  • Notes 293
  • References 293
  • 22 - National Attitudes Toward Language Planning 295
  • References 302
  • 23 - Conventional Conventionalization: Planned Change in Language 304
  • References 312
  • 24 - Language and National Development 313
  • References 322
  • Ferguson Bibliography, 1985-1995 325
  • Names Index 329
  • Topics Index 336
  • Languages Index 345
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