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  • Language, society and communication - An introduction 2/e
  • Bock Z, Mheta G
  • ISBN: 9780627036415
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627036422
  • 615 Pages | Published: 2018

We live in a multilingual, transforming society in which language plays a dynamic and central role. We use it every day for communication and it is not possible to imagine life without it – it is generally recognised as a mark of what makes us human. But how often do we think about exactly what language is and how we actually use it? Language, society and   communication introduces established and new linguistic concepts and theories, and links these to contemporary issues in society and the media, including new social media, with a particular focus on southern Africa.

Language, society and communication explores how language is intricately bound up with issues of power, status and identity. It explores the tension between the diverse nature of everyday language practices, on the one hand, and the societal pressures towards managing and containing this diversity, on the other. It also demonstrates the relevance of linguistic study (e.g. phonology and syntax) to real-world problems (e.g. analysis of a child’s acquisition of language), within a southern African context. Study questions and case studies, which relate the theoretical ideas discussed to current research, are provided at the end of each chapter.

Language, society and communication is aimed at students studying linguistics, language and communication, and related fields such as language education.




Introduction to Part 1 Language as communication 

Chapter 1 Communication in context

Chapter 2 Approaches to communication 

Chapter 3 Introduction to semiotics



Introduction to Part 2 The structure of language 

Chapter 4 Phonetics: the study of human speech sounds 

Chapter 5 Phonology: sound patterns in languages 

Chapter 6 Morphology: how words are formed 

Chapter 7 Syntax: from words to sentences



Introduction to Part 3 Language development

Chapter 8 First language acquisition 

Chapter 10 Language attrition



Introduction to Part 4 From languages to languaging

Chapter 11 Language, society, diversity

Chapter 12 Language families and typologies

Chapter 13 Language standardisation

Chapter 14 Language contact and languaging 

Chapter 15 Linguistic diversity and its discontents



Introduction to Part 5 Language, identity and place

Chapter 16 Language and identity 

Chapter 17 Branding

Chapter 18 Linguistic landscapes



Chapter 19 Language study and the professions




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