[lg policy] book notice: Understanding Language Choices

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 29 18:02:24 UTC 2012

Understanding Language Choices
Published: 2012
Publisher: SIL International Publications

Book URL: http://www.ethnologue.com/show_product.asp?isbn=9781556713316

Author: Kendall (Ken) Don Decker
Author: John Grummitt


"Understanding Language Choices" is an introductory textbook for
anyone studying the motivations behind language use choices. It
provides an introduction into the numerous factors, both internal and
external, influencing such choices in a speech community: language
attitudes, language learning, identity, the mobility of the community,
and much more. The book also provides a foundation for the study of
linguistic variation within a speech community, as well as an
introduction to methods of data collection when studying the outcomes
of language use choices. An important aspect of this book is its
emphasis on a participatory approach to language choice research that
empowers the speech community. The final chapter discusses lifestyle
concerns that researchers may encounter when conducting field studies
in developing nations.

Written with the beginner in mind, this textbook includes numerous
examples and case studies from around the world to illustrate the
realities of sociolinguistic field research. A companion website keeps
users of the book up to date with descriptions of the most current
research methodologies.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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