ERIC Number: ED205022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Some Recent Applications of Sociolinguistic Theory and Research.
Shuy, Roqer W.
The study of the varieties of language usage in social contexts can made a significant contribution to general welfare if judgments of people's language are unshackled from right-wrong presuppositions and a dispassionate approach is taken to relating their language to the situations they must deal with in the course of their lives. An understanding of code switching can be a valuable tool to a literary critic, and, conversely, literature that rings true in sociolinguistic terms can illuminate our understanding of people's behavior in different language contexts. A failure to take into account individual and group differences in language usage, and pressures to maintain or avoid certain usages, has hampered effective reading instruction. Both in terms of comprehension and performance, reading instruction will benefit from a recognition of the fact that a child's spoken language does affect his/her reading. Finally, medical practitioners will find their communication with patients much improved if they take into account not only dialectal differences and unfamiliarity with jargon, but also patient expectations from doctor language. The language of the doctor with an effective bedside manner will be flexible for the sake of a communicative dialogue, without being condescending or pretentiously non-standard or common. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Dept. of English.
Note: In its Papers from Finnish Summer Schools of Linguistics: Reports from the Department of English, University of Jyvaskyla, Number 8, p31-63, 1981. Contains light print.