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Talk that Counts: Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse

Ronald K. S. Macaulay

Abstract

This work is a sociolinguistic study employing quantitative methods to explore age, gender, and social class differences in the use of a range of discourse features. It is based on a gender-balanced sample of middle-class and working-class adolescents and adults, recorded under the same conditions in Glasgow, Scotland. Unlike studies of phonetic or morphological variation, the study of discourse variation requires samples of talk in action with speakers interacting with one another. The speakers, who knew each other, were recorded talking in the presence of the tape-recorder for approximately ... More

Keywords: sociolinguistic, quantitative methods, discourse features, adverbs, pronouns, questions, passive voice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173819
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173819.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald K. S. Macaulay, author
Pitzer College