The Linguistic Individual: Self-Expression in Language and Linguistics Barbara Johnstone

ISBN: 9780195101843

Published: June 27th 1996

Hardcover

232 pages


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The Linguistic Individual: Self-Expression in Language and Linguistics  by  Barbara Johnstone

The Linguistic Individual: Self-Expression in Language and Linguistics by Barbara Johnstone
June 27th 1996 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 232 pages | ISBN: 9780195101843 | 3.29 Mb

Linguists usually discuss language or dialects in terms of groups of speakers. Believing that patterns can be seen more clearly in the group than the individual, researchers often present group scores with no indication of the variation within theMoreLinguists usually discuss language or dialects in terms of groups of speakers. Believing that patterns can be seen more clearly in the group than the individual, researchers often present group scores with no indication of the variation within the group.

Even though linguists acknowledge that no two individuals speak alike, few study individual variation and voice.Barbara Johnstone makes a case for the individuals importance and idiosyncrasies in language and linguistics. Using theoretical arguments and discourse analysis, along with linguistic examples from a variety of speakers and settings, Johnstone illustrates how speakers draw on linguistic models associated with class, ethnicity, gender, and region, among others, to construct an individual voice.

In doing so Johnstone shows that certain important questions in sociolinguistics and pragmatics can only be answered with reference to individual speakers. Johnstones study is important both for the understanding of speech as expressive of self, and for the study of variation and mechanisms of linguistic choice and change.



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