Languages and Their Speakers

By: Shopen, Timothy

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"Languages and Their Speakers" provides an introduction both to languages themselves and to their social functions. Written especially for nonlinguistic majors, the book gives insight into the meaning, value, and function of language within a culture and into the ways language behavior varies and changes. Each chapter of the book discusses what it means to be a speaker of a particular language, and puts the language in context among the languages of the world.The book explores how people know their languages--know them as grammatical systems and know them as part of a cultural fabric. The authors discuss the ways speakers, as opposed to linguists, view a language. They consider what one must know in order to be a good speaker of a particular language; the constraints placed on communication by the culture in which it takes place; how social relationships influence language; and how the use of language can, in turn, influence social relationships."Languages and Their Speakers" will be of interest to students of linguistics, anthropology, and those concerned about the use of language in its cultural context.This volume is complemented by a second volume entitled "Languages and Their Status," also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Title: Languages and Their Speakers

Author Name: Shopen, Timothy

Categories: Linguistics,

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press:

ISBN Number: 0812212509

ISBN Number 13: 9780812212501

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: Z0812212509Z3

Description: 0812212509 Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block - GOOD