Milroy 1980 language and social networks

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milroy 1980 language and social networks

Language and Social Networks by Lesley Milroy

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Jenny Cheshire Lecture 2016 by Prof. Lesley Milroy

Social network (sociolinguistics)

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Sociolinguistics pp Cite as. In any real community individuals and groups will vary in the relative intensity of ties, and this is what makes it possible to compare them in these terms. But behind this there lies an idealization which predicts that in a community bound by maximally dense and multiplex network ties linguistic change would not take place at all. No such community can actually exist, but the idealization is important, because it also implies that to the extent that relatively weak ties exist in communities as in fact they do , the conditions will be present for linguistic change to take place. This perception was partly borne out even in the inner-city research.

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First published in , Language and Social Networks has had a great influence on the development of sociolinguistics. The second edition incorporates an extensive new chapter reappraising the original research and discussing other sociolinguistic work in the same paradigm. Social networks — those informal and formal social relationships of which any human society is composed — are distinguished by their own patterns of language use. Lesley Milroy is concerned with the manner in which patterns of linguistic variation characterize particular groups social and cultural, geographic, male and female within a complex urban community. Convert currency.

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In the field of sociolinguistics , social network describes the structure of a particular speech community. Social networks are composed of a "web of ties" Lesley Milroy between individuals, and the structure of a network will vary depending on the types of connections it is composed of. Social network theory as used by sociolinguists posits that social networks, and the interactions between members within the networks, are a driving force behind language change. The key participant in a social network is the anchor , or center individual. From this anchor, ties of varying strengths radiate outwards to other people with whom the anchor is directly linked. These people are represented by points.


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