Language Variation as Social Practice: The Linguistic Construction of Identity in Belten High
April 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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"Penelope Eckert's work provides a fine ethnographic account of the social organization and social practices of a varied set of Detroit adolescents. At the same time, she builds in a much-needed critique of current sociolinguistic work on the relationship between language variation and social constructs such as class and gender. The work as a whole is an excellent and readable synthesis, representing the current state of the art in sociolinguistics." Lesley Milroy, University of Michigan
"Nobody combines the insights of ethnographic study and variation analysis more creatively than Eckert. She invariably connects systematic language variation with the complexities of social practice in a way that challenges our reified interpretations of sociolinguistic behavior." Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University
"Eckert has provided us with an array of priceless information on the local social matrix in which change takes place. If we are not ready to answer every question that might be posed about linguistic change, the first step is to master the rich store of information and insight that she has given us, and to plan our future research with this in mind." Language in Society