Codes and Consequences

Codes and Consequences : Choosing Linguistic Varieties

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This edited volume examines the implications of the phenomenon known as codeswitching, where, in given situations, different people with access to the smae linguistic repertoire (or one person in different situations) will sometimes make very different linguistic choices. Employing Myers-Scotton's concept of "markedness" the contributors examine codeswitching in situations like everyday conversation, literary texts, sermons, and others to show how the underlying social subtexts of the choices people make.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 156 x 233.7 x 16mm | 385.56g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195115236
  • 9780195115239
  • 2,109,427

About Carol Myers-Scotton

Carol Myers-Scotton is the Carolina Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina where she teaches courses in sociolinguistics, language contact phenomena, and discourse analysis. She has published widely on codeswitching and is the author of Social Motivations for Codeswitching: Evidence from Africa (OUP, 1993) and Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching (OUP, 1993).
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...a remarkable volume....Carol Myers-Scotton's volume represents an important addition to studies on language variation. The theoretical chapters spell out details regarding markedness theory that one would otherwise need to gather by reading a large number of separate studies. It is also valuable in that it clarifies that markedness is not a phenomenon limited to bilingual research....this volume represents the state of the art of modern language-use analysis. * Anthropological Linguistics *
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