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Barbarians at the Gate

Studies in Language Attitudes

Editor(s): Patricia Donaher
Contributors: Patricia Donaher, Cynthia L. Jeney, Agnes Ragone, Seth R. Katz, Constance M. Ruzich, Milford A. Jeremiah,
Subject: Linguistics

Book Description

The study of language attitudes is the investigation of beliefs expressed about the nature of language and its diverse usages, how these attitudes came to exist and persist, and how these attitudes shape social action and policy. Language attitude studies have illuminated our understanding of racial issues, social and economic stratification, cultural stereotypes, educational issues, folk linguistics, and, more recently, popular culture. This volume is an examination of four intersections in language attitudes research: Authority, Affiliation, Authenticity, and Accommodation. In each section, the contributors introduce new dimensions to the study of language attitudes while providing examples of the ways in which the study of language attitudes can continue to inform and shape our understanding of language diversity.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1703-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1703-1
Date of Publication: 01/01/2010
Pages / Size: 305 / A5
Price: £44.99


Patricia Donaher is Associate Professor of English at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA. She is the national area chair for language attitudes and popular linguistics for the Popular Culture Association. In addition to her scholarship in the area of language attitudes, she works in the field of popular literature and has recently co-authored, with James M. Okapal, an article on free will and determinism in the Harry Potter series in Reading Harry Potter Again (Giselle Liza Anatol, Editor; Praeger, 2009).