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Review : Murphy (2010) Corpus and Sociolinguistics : Investigating Age and Gender in Female Talk . Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins

Review : Murphy (2010) Corpus and Sociolinguistics : Investigating Age and Gender in Female Talk... Raffaele Zago1 Sociolinguistic inquiry typically involves the description of how language use is influenced by a complex set of social and contextual variables, and one such social variable to which sociolinguistics has devoted attention is age. Language variation across age groups is the subject of analysis in Bróna Murphy's Corpus and Sociolinguistics: Investigating Age and Gender in Female Talk ­ one of the few book-length publications where a classic sociolinguistic topic meets corpus linguistics (see also Baker, 2010; and Friginal and Hardy, 2014). Murphy makes it clear in the Introduction and Chapter 1 that, while age-related literature has focussed on childhood and adolescence, adulthood has been largely neglected and depicted as a linguistically homogeneous life stage. Murphy's intent is to show that there is in fact linguistic variation within adulthood. After a general review of well-known discourse studies (Chapter 2), Chapter 3 describes the corpus Murphy collected for her investigation. It is the Corpus of Age and Gender (CAG), approximately 90,000 words of casual Irish­English conversations divided into two subcorpora, namely the Female Adult Corpus (FAC) and the Male Adult Corpus (MAC). FAC and MAC are, in turn, differentiated by age into three subcomponents including conversations produced by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Corpora Edinburgh University Press

Review : Murphy (2010) Corpus and Sociolinguistics : Investigating Age and Gender in Female Talk . Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins

Corpora , Volume 9 (2): 277 – Nov 1, 2014

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
Subject
Linguistics
ISSN
1749-5032
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1755-1676
DOI
10.3366/cor.2014.0061
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Abstract

Raffaele Zago1 Sociolinguistic inquiry typically involves the description of how language use is influenced by a complex set of social and contextual variables, and one such social variable to which sociolinguistics has devoted attention is age. Language variation across age groups is the subject of analysis in Bróna Murphy's Corpus and Sociolinguistics: Investigating Age and Gender in Female Talk ­ one of the few book-length publications where a classic sociolinguistic topic meets corpus linguistics (see also Baker, 2010; and Friginal and Hardy, 2014). Murphy makes it clear in the Introduction and Chapter 1 that, while age-related literature has focussed on childhood and adolescence, adulthood has been largely neglected and depicted as a linguistically homogeneous life stage. Murphy's intent is to show that there is in fact linguistic variation within adulthood. After a general review of well-known discourse studies (Chapter 2), Chapter 3 describes the corpus Murphy collected for her investigation. It is the Corpus of Age and Gender (CAG), approximately 90,000 words of casual Irish­English conversations divided into two subcorpora, namely the Female Adult Corpus (FAC) and the Male Adult Corpus (MAC). FAC and MAC are, in turn, differentiated by age into three subcomponents including conversations produced by

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CorporaEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2014

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