The Sociolinguistics of Society
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
Beginning with a general description of the social consequences
of several languages being used in one society, Ralph Fasold moves
on to discuss 'diglossia', the phenomena by which social functions
are assigned to languages and dialects in a predictable manner.
Other aspects of the subject covered here include social attitudes
towards various languages and dialects, the social forces which
influence multilingual people to use different language sin
different situations, and wholesale shifts by social groups from
one language to another (and the converse, retention of particular
languages. The theory and practice of language planning, and the
significance of language in education, are examined and explained.
In addition, the book deals with qualitative and quantitative
methods of analysing multilingualism and includes a helpful chapter
on statistical techniques.
Written by a leading sociolinguist and teacher, this textbook is
a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the field. With the
beginner in mind, the author writes in a clear, relaxed style,
explaining current theories and giving many examples from all parts
of the world. The second volume of this book, The Sociolinguistics
of Language makes up the definitive introductory account of the
subject for students throughout the world.
This volume is the companion of The Sociolinguistics of Language. Together these books will make up a definitive introductory account of the subject for students throughout the world.
1. Societal Multilingualism.
3. Qulaitative Formulae.
5. Quantitative Analysis.
6. Language Attitudes.
7. Language Choice.
8. Language Maintenance and Shift.
9. Language Planning and Standardization.
10. Language-Planning Cases.
11. Vernacular Language Edition.