Style-Shifting in Public

New perspectives on stylistic variation

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Language acts are acts of identity, and linguistic variation reflects the multifaceted construction of verbal alternatives for transmitting social meaning, where style-shifting represents our ability to take up different social positions due to its potential for linguistic performance, rhetorical stance-taking and identity projection.

Traditional variationist conceptualizations of style-shifting as a primarily responsive phenomenon seem unable to account for all stylistic choices. In contrast, more recent formulations see stylistic variation as initiative, creative and strategic in personal and interpersonal identity construction and projection, making a significant contribution to our understanding of this aspect of sociolinguistic variation.

In this volume social constructivist approaches to style-shifting are further developed by bringing together research which suggests that people make stylistic choices aimed at conveying (and achieving) a particular social categorization, sociolinguistic meaning, and/or to project a specific positioning in society. Therefore, there is a need, we collectively argue, to adopt permeable and flexible multidimensional, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to speaker agency that take into consideration not only reactive but also proactive motivations for stylistic variation, and where individuals – rather than groups – and their strategies are the main focus when examining style-shifting in public.

This book will be of interest to advanced students and academics in the areas of sociolinguistics, dialectology, social psychology, anthropology and sociology.

[Studies in Language Variation, 9]  2012.  vii, 231 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Style-shifting revisited
Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy and Juan Antonio Cutillas-Espinosa
1–18
Part I. Style and sociolinguistic variation in political discourse
Speaker design strategies in political contexts of a dialectal community
Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy and Juan Antonio Cutillas-Espinosa
19–44
Style-shifting in the U.S. Congress: The foreign (a) vowel in “Iraq(i)”
Lauren Hall-Lew, Rebecca Lurie Starr and Elizabeth Coppock
45–64
Condoleezza Rice and the sociophonetic construction of identity
Robert J. Podesva, Lauren Hall-Lew, Jason Brenier, Rebecca Lurie Starr and Stacy Lewis
65–80
Speaker design in Austrian TV political discussions
Barbara Soukup
81–100
Recency, resonance, and the structuring of phonological style in political speeches
Robert J. Podesva, Patrick Callier and Jermay Jamsu
101–118
Part II. Style and sociolinguistic variation in media interaction
Parodic performances as indexical negatives of style
Jennifer Sclafani
119–138
Popular music singing as referee design
Andy Gibson and Allan Bell
139–164
Performing style: Improvisation and the linguistic (re)production of cultural knowledge
Anna Marie Trester
165–184
Dialect as style in Norwegian mass media
Thea R. Strand
185–204
“Carry shopping through to the end”: Linguistic innovation in a Chinese television program
Qing Zhang
205–224
Index
225–232
“This book provides much needed new insights into those elements of social situation which critically influence speech variation in public settings. The papers demonstrate that even what is generally regarded as a uniform ‘style’ –public speaking– actually varies radically in sociophonetics, morphosyntax, lexicon, pragmatics, discourse, and intonation depending on the situational variables discussed here. All sociolinguists should find this book of importance to their future work.”
“In this volume Hernández-Campoy and Cutillas-Espinosa bring together a collection of in-depth studies devoted to style-shifting and proactive identity creation. High time that within the perspective of interactional sociolinguistics a set of papers written by prominent scholars is brought together to reflect the most recent trends in this exciting domain of research!”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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