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Towards a Critical Sociolinguistics by Rajendra Singh (Ed.)

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By Rajendra Singh (Ed.)

This number of 12 essays by way of eu and North-American sociolinguists bargains a multi-pronged and multi-methodological option to movement in the direction of a serious, reflexive and theoretically accountable socio-linguistics. It explores a few parts within the huge, immense area among Bloomfieldian "idiolect" and Chomskyan "UG" so as to situate the human linguistic company, and gives invaluable insights into human linguisticality and sociality. meant for either training and destiny sociolinguists, it may be used as a textbook, relatively for graduate and complex undergraduate scholars.

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The point is particularly problematical when it comes to applying the model to cases of syntactic variation in situations of interface between standard and vernacular varieties. The problem is related to the whole issue of whether or not the Labovian requirement that variants of a single sociolinguistic variable should share ‘sameness of (cognitive) meaning’ (1972a: 271) can be met consistently at the syntactic level (see the discussions in Lavandera 1978; Labov 1978; Romaine 1981a). The semantic equivalence requirement, as Romaine points out (1981a: 10), relies heavily on the classical conception of generative grammar.

G. Wolff 1964; Berdan 1977), mutual intelligibility between speakers of different varieties is considered to confirm the existence of a common grammatical ‘core’ underlying all dialects of a single language. The following claim is typical:’there appears to be in general an underlying identity of syntactic patternings in all forms of English’ (Wakelin 1977: 125). It is within the general framework of transformational generative grammar that the panlectal identity hypothesis has been most clearly articulated.

Aon duine or duine ar bith ‘anyone’) remains constant across both affirmative and negative contexts. The negative verbal particle ní/níor always retains a preverbal position and never undergoes attraction to an indeterminate subject. Sentence (2) illustrates the use of subordinating and with subject pronoun and ing-participle which is characteristic of conservative he in the west of Ireland. The construction is apparently unique to he and is clearly a calque on the Irish adverbial structure agus + subject pronoun + ag +verbal noun.

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