Style-Shifting in Public

New perspectives on stylistic variation

Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy | University of Murcia
ORCID logoJuan Antonio Cutillas-Espinosa | University of Murcia
ISBN 9789027234896 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027274878 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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.
Publishing status: Available
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“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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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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