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Title: Semantic Variation
Subtitle: Meaning in Society and in Sociolinguistics
Written By: Ruqaiya Hasan
Edited By: Jonathan J. Webster
Series Title: Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan
Description:

The sociolinguistic turn of the 60's has been remarkably successful:
variability of language is no longer an issue open to debate. But studies
of variation have by and large been restricted to the level of expression.
This volume offers a critique of present day sociolinguistics, arguing that
since meaning is critical to all contexts of life in society, ignoring it
has led to a number of serious problems, foremost among them a
mis-conception of the nature of sociolinguistics itself. By examining the
possibility of systematic variation at the level of meaning, the volume
makes a positive contribution to opening up a debate about the possibility
of the neglected/ misrepresented notion of semantic variation. Most
chapters of the volume present an account of certain aspects of an
empirical research which strongly supports the view that systematic
variation in the choice of semantic features occurs across different social
groups. Mothers and their young children less than four years old showed in
their naturally occurring conversation a highly systematic, statistically
significant, orientation to distinct styles of meaning, which correlated
with their social positioning, and/or with the gender of the children. The
comparison of kindergarten teachers' ways of meaning with those of mothers'
provides empirical proof that teacher talk is an exaggerated version of
middle class mothers' talk. The volume is relevant on the one hand to
theoretical issues in linguistics and sociolinguistics and on the other, to
any serious discourse about equitable education.

This volume is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing

*A Brief Summary of the Research on Semantic Variation
*Conventions for Dialogue Transcription in the Included Sample
*Sample of Mother-child Dialogues
*Sample of Analysis
*Identifying Patterns in Linguistic Behaviour by Carmel Cloran
*Semantic Networks: the Description of Linguistic Meaning in SFL by Ruqaiya
Hasan, Carmel Cloran, Geoffrey Williams, and Annabelle Lukin (2007)

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781904768357
Pages: 484
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