This volume contains the papers read at the Second Sociolinguistics Conference of the Association Belge de Linguistique Appliquee (Belgian Association of Applied Linguistics) that was held at the University of Antwerp on the in May, 1980. The papers are grouped around two topics: 'Language and Social Class' and 'Language Attitudes'. The whole is preceded by an introductory article by R. Van Hout in which he presents the Netherlandic language area, describes how sociolinguistics is developing in this area and briefly discusses the essence of each paper.
1. Preface; 2. Introduction; 3. Sociolinguistics in the Netherlandic language area (by Hout, Roeland van); 4. Part One: Language And Social Class; 5. Why do some people speak in a more complicated way than others? (by Broeck, Jef van den); 6. The deficit hypothesis and the social stratification of mother talk (by Beheydt, Ludovic); 7. Social differences in the acquisition of Netherlandic word formation (by Smedts, W.A.J.); 8. Social linguistics and the failure of theories (by Van de Craen, Piet); 9. Pragmatic and conversational aspects of speech in families from different social milieus (by Huls, Erica); 10. The difference hypothesis in the Kerkrade project: measurement of verbal abilities and intelligence (by Vallen, Ton); 11. Deficit and difference: a false dichotomy in an educational perspective (by Sturm, Jan); 12. Part Two: Language Attitudes; 13. Language attitudes of future teachers in The Netherlands (by Diederen, Frans); 14. Why do Antwerpians consider Netherlandic language varieties as 'cultured', 'pleasant', 'beautiful', 'rich'? (by Deprez, Kas); 15. Language assimilation or ethnocentrism among Flemish people living in The Netherlands (by Knops, Uus); 16. Ethnicity in Friesland (by Plank, Pieter van der); 17. Attitudes and experiences of discrimination: the Netherlandic of Moroccan foreign workers (by Muysken, Pieter); 18. List of contributors