Folk Linguistics and Language Awareness

Authored by: Dennis R. Preston

The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138937048
eBook ISBN: 9781315676494
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315676494.ch26

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Abstract

Folk linguistics (FL) studies what people say and believe about language. Although there were many older examples of such work, the field was highly recommended by Henry Hoenigswald some years ago:

… we should be interested not only in (a) what goes on (language), but also in (b) how people react to what goes on (they are persuaded, they are put off, etc.) and in (c) what people say goes on (talk concerning language). It will not do to dismiss these secondary and tertiary modes of conduct merely as sources of error.

Hoenigswald, 1966: 20

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