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Title: A Reader in Sociophonetics
Edited By: Dennis R. Preston
Nancy Niedzielski
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?isbn=978-1-934078-04-4
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Description:

Sociophonetics is one of the sub-branches of the discipline that has
attracted a great deal of attention over the last decade. Recent advances
in speech science and their technological simulations allow increasingly
sophisticated studies of the progress of language contact and change. These
studies, particularly those at the level of pronunciation, show that
language variety is robust and socially embedded in interesting ways.
Instrumental studies of language variety contact and change have focused on
the role of social categories and attitudes in variety perception as well
as production. Some of the studies presented in this volume look at the
specific role of social factors in the formation, progress, and deterrence
of intralingual contact and change; while others look at the ways in which
social identities and beliefs influence a listener's ability to identify
and comprehend varieties. These studies use detailed acoustic analyses of
production speech data and of responses to samples of data based on such
analyses. Although the book assumes some knowledge of basic acoustics and
variationist studies, the general introduction plus chapter and section
introductions provide a review of practices in the field, including those
of collection, analysis, and interpretation.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1934078042
ISBN-13: 9781934078044
Pages: 426
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