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Hemphill, Lowry. 1989. Topic development, syntax, and social class. Discourse Processes 12 (3) : 267–286.
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H. argues, contrary to past theorizing, that syntactical differences in language use between members of different social classes do not result from differences in class-based language orientations or `codes', but from different conversational styles of working- and middle-class speakers. The analysis focuses on styles of topic development.