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One thing is quite clear, however. Without support from other social and psychological factors, religiously-instilled attitudes lack power to prevent people from taking actions they think may benefit them, even in defiance of societal norms. Thus, words alone cannot control deeds. See also: Attitude Surveys: Question-Answer Process; Social Psychology; Sociology of Language. Bibliography Albrecht S L, Chadwick B A, Alcorn D S 1977 Religiosity and deviance: Application of an attitude-behavior contingent consistency model.
Barring some mistake in the voting booth, this is how the person will vote. But many kinds of behavior not only depend on intentions; resources and opportunities may also be important. A good example, studied by Christian Ritter (1998) is illegal drug use. Obviously, a person cannot make good on an intention to use a particular drug if the drug is not available, and Ritter's research indicates that availability interacts in a complex way with other factors in determining the connection between attitudes and behavior.
Paulston and Tucker (1997) and Shuy (1997: 23) who cite the summer of 1964 as a crucial time), attention to the social was implicit in many earlier studies. It is possible that just as most linguists accept that scholarly linguistics was first practiced m ancient India, culminating in Panini's Astadhyayi (ca. 500 BCE), he may prove a pioneer of Sociolinguistics too. The suggestion has been made that Panini's rules are, inter alia, 'sophisticated attempts at capturing the stylistic preferences among variants which are characteristic of any living language' (Kiparsky 1979: 1).