Linguistics is important. An understanding of linguistic principles is as essential to the layperson as it is to the language scholar. Using concrete examples from politics, law, and education, this book shows how people misconceive language every day and what the consequences of misconceptions can be. Since the meanings of words are often fuzzy at best, this volume argues for a flexible approach to meaning and definitions, and demonstrates how this approach can help us understand many conflicts. It is an alternative way of viewing and doing sociolinguistics.
Language Misconceived: Arguing for Applied Cognitive Sociolinguistics is intended primarily for graduate and Ph.D. students of linguistics, especially those interested in applying linguistics to fields like politics, law, and education. It may also be recommended to seasoned linguists as well as researchers in communication, sociology, psychology, and education.
"…Karol Janicki provides direction and suggestions for those of us who may strive to be more effective communicators."
Contents: Preface. Part I: From Misconceptions to Conceptions. Meaning and Definitions Misconceived. Word Meaning, Definitions, Linguists, and Philosophical Commitments. Integrational Linguistics and Nonessentialism. Variations on Meaning in Cognitive Linguistics. Part II: Language (Mis)Conceptions in Practice. Language in Politics. Language in Law. Language in Academia. Language in Education. Part III: Applied Cognitive Sociolinguistics-A Summary. Viewing and Studying Language a Nonessentialist Way.