Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You : The Great Courses: Linguistics

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Valerie Fridland
  • Series: The Great Courses: Linguistics
  • 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Language is not a passive means of communication. In fact, it's the active process through which we construct societies, and, within them, our own social lives and realities. Language - as we use it in our day-to-day interactions - fundamentally shapes our experience, our thinking, our perceptions, and the very social systems within which our lives unfold.
Nowhere is the social role of language revealed more clearly than in the fascinating field of sociolinguistics. Among many eye-opening perspectives, the work of sociolinguistics points out that:

Language is strong social capital, and our linguistic choices carry both costs and benefits we rarely consider.
Our identity is strongly tied to the speech we use and our perceptions of the speech we hear.
Our children are raised, our relationships are made, and our careers succeed, in large part, through how we use language.
Language embodies a worldview: Your linguistic system reflects and affects the way you organize and understand the world around you.
In these 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll investigate how social differences based on factors such as region, class, ethnicity, occupation, gender, and age are inseparable from language differences. Further, you'll explore how these linguistic differences arise, and how they both reflect and generate our social systems. You'll look at the remarkable ways in which our society is a reflection of our language, how differences in the way people use language create differences in society, how people construct and define social contexts by their language use, and ultimately why our speech reveals so much about us. Join a brilliantly insightful sociolinguist and teacher in a compelling inquiry that sheds light on how our linguistic choices play a determining role in every aspect of our lives.
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Narration far too fast

Narration was far too fast to hear clearly and without pauses, therefore no time to consider what had been discussed.
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- lorraine

Lecturer's delivery is absolutely awful

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A lecturer who did not do the following: make silly, immature jokes as asides during presentation, speak too rapidly, trip over their words, and inexplicably suddenly raise the volume of delivery

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

Absolutely - I'm delighted to have found the Great Courses. This has been my first experience of a course being completely ruined by the style of delivery

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Valerie Fridland?

Professor Gary K. Wolfe, who narrates 'How Great Science Fiction Works' has the perfect style of delivery

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, annoyance, frustration

Any additional comments?

I was really surprised at how this series made it into the Great Courses.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses