Sociocultural Dimensions of Language Change

Sociocultural Dimensions of Language Change

1st Edition - March 28, 1977

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  • Editors: Ben G. Blount, Mary Sanches
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483277653

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Sociocultural Dimensions of Language Change focuses on the influence of sociocultural terms on the forms of languages. The selection first underscores the sociocultural dimensions of language change and language evolution and speech style. Discussions focus on the relation of speech style and language evolution, linguistic evidence of language evolution, autonomy of code and style, language contact phenomena, and extension of the concept of language. The book then takes a look at speech and social prestige in the Belizian speech community; Japanese numeral classifiers; and speculations on the growth of ethnobotanical nomenclature. Topics include appearance of varietal names, differentiation and formation of specific names, six universal categories of ethnobotanical nomenclature, salience of speech, and prestige, social success, and language. The publication elaborates on color categorization in West Futunese; creolization and syntactic change in New Guinea Tok Pisin; relexification processes in Philippine Creole Spanish; and the historical and sociocultural aspects of the distribution of linguistic variants in highland Chiapas, Mexico. The selection is a valuable source of data for language experts and researchers interested in the sociocultural dimensions of language change.

Table of Contents


  • List of Contributors

    Preface

    Foreword: Sociocultural Dimensions of Language Change

    Introduction: Sociocultural Dimensions of Language Change

    Background

    Extension of the Concept of Language

    Language Variation

    Language Contact Phenomena

    Evolution of Language

    Autonomy of Code and Style

    Future Perspectives

    References

    Language Evolution and Speech Style

    "Elaborated" versus "Restricted" Speech Style

    Language Evolution—Linguistic Evidence

    Relation of Speech Style and Language Evolution

    Conclusion

    Notes

    References

    Speech and Social Prestige in the Belzian Speech Community

    Introduction

    The Language Situation

    The Salience of Speech

    Prestige, Social Success, and Language

    Summary and Conclusion

    References

    Language Acquisition and Language Change: Japanese Numerical Classifiers

    References

    Speculations on the Growth of Ethnobotanical Nomenclature

    Introduction

    The Six Universal Categories of Ethnobotanical Nomenclature

    Reality of Natural Groupings of Organisms

    Primacy of Generic Names

    Differentiation and Generalization: The Appearance of Specific and Major Life Form Names

    Differentiation and the Formation of Specific Names

    Rise of Major Life-Form Names

    Appearance of Varietal Names

    The Problem of Intermediate Taxa

    Linguistic Recognition of'Plant'

    Ethnozoological Parallels

    An Aside Concerning Nomenclatural Devolution

    Conclusions

    References

    Color Categorization in West Futunese: Variability and Change

    References

    Creolization and Syntactic Change in New Guinea Tok Pisin

    Background

    Theoretical Issues in Depidginization

    Two Syntactic Changes in Progress

    Parallels and Generalizations

    Notes

    References

    Recent Relexification Processes in Philippine Creole Spanish

    Introduction

    Creoles

    Philippine Creole Spanish

    Recent and Current Lexical Change

    Summary

    Notes

    References

    Lexical Expansion within a Closed Systems

    Incoining

    Calquing

    Tonalizing

    Reduplicating

    Semantic Extension

    Notes

    References

    Finnish in America: A Case Study in Monogenerational Language Change

    References

    Historical and Sociocultural Aspects of the Distribution of Linguistic Variants in Highland Chiapas, Mexico

    The Dialect Survey

    Analysis of Data

    Historical Development of Tzeltal and Tzotzil

    Dialects of Tzotzil

    Dialects of Tzeltal

    Patterns of Distribution

    References

    A Western Apache Writing System: The Symbols of Silas John

    Methodological Problems

    Development of the Writing System

    Description of the Writing System

    Meaning of the Symbols

    Coding of Nonverbal Behavior

    Summary and Conclusion

    Notes

    References

    New Insights into the Nature of Language Change Offered by Language Planning

    References

    Language Creativity and the Psychotherapy Relationship

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: March 28, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483277653

About the Editors

Ben G. Blount

Mary Sanches

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