Talk that Counts

Talk that Counts : Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse

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In Talk That Counts, distinguished sociolinguist Rinals Macaulay provides a new way of examining sociolinguistic variation. Linguists traditionally take a limited sample of linguistic data from a given population and look at phonological and morphological variables. Macaulay proposes a much different and highly quantitative approach to the study of variation, which correlates features of discourse with three social categories: social class, gender, and age. He uses as data a sample from 33 speakers of English in Glasgow, and his conclusions indicate that age accounts for the greatest number of differences, followed by gender, with social class accounting for the most variation within a group. Macaulay's work offers a new methodological paradigm to an audience of sociolinguists and others like sociologists concerned with discourse more

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  • Paperback | 235 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 18mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • numerous line illustrations, graphs and tables
  • 0195173821
  • 9780195173826

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Overall, this is a book to which I will return again and again. It provides us with a wealth of data, a model for future research, and a basis for future theory building. * Linguist List 16.1592 *show more

About Ronald K. S. Macaulay

Ronald K. S. Macaulay is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College. He is the author of Language, Social Class and Education (1977), Locating Dialect in Discourse (1991), The Social Art (1995), and Standards and Variation in Urban Speech (1997).show more

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