That which we call a rose by any other name would sound as sweet: folk perceptions, status and language variation

McKenzie, Robert and Osthus, Dietmar (2011) That which we call a rose by any other name would sound as sweet: folk perceptions, status and language variation. Applied Folk Linguistics: AILA review, 24. pp. 100-115. ISSN 1461-0213

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1075/aila.24.08mck

Abstract

Folk perceptions of language diversity often differ from the criteria laid out by linguists and have particular implications for applied/sociolinguists since the collective identification of language diversity largely determines the ways in which individuals regard the categorisation of their own (and others) linguistic uses as belonging to a specific social and/or regional variety. Folk perceptions can thus help define speech communities as well as explain sociolinguistic other phenomena. This paper provides a critical analysis of the existing folk linguistic research into language variation in a number of different contexts: the UK, the USA, France and Japan. It is hoped that the information gained will help build up a more detailed sociolinguistic picture of the complex and often contradictory nature of lay individuals’ attitudes towards linguistic variation. In the final sections of the paper the authors argue for a greater deal of recognition within modern linguistics of the value of examining folk perceptions of language diversity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ISBN: 9789027239969
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2012 16:03
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 11:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6090

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