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This comprehensive new edition of Wardhaugh's textbook incorporates additional study features and numerous new and updated references to bring the book completely up-to-date, whilst maintaining the features that made the book so popular with lecturers and students: accessible coverage of a wide range of issues, clearly written, and with useful student study features. A fully revised new edition of Ronald Wardhaugh's popular introduction to sociolinguistics, which now includes over 150 new and updated references and new study features throughout Features new "Explorations" sections in each chapter incorporating suggested readings, discussion sections, and exercises - all designed to encourage students to develop their own skills and ideas Reflects new developments in the field, providing greater focus on ideas such as identity, solidarity, and markedness Provides balanced coverage of a range of topics, including: language dialects, pidgins and Creoles, codes, bilingualism, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning Comprehensive and accessible, it is the ideal introduction for students coming to sociolinguistics for the first time
Ronald Wardhaugh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of a number of books, including Proper English (1998) and Understanding English Grammar, second edition (2003), both published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Table of Contents
|Knowledge of Language|
|Language and Society|
|Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language|
|Languages and Communities|
|Languages, Dialects, and Varieties|
|Language or Dialect?|
|Styles, Registers, and Beliefs|
|Pidgins and Creoles|
|Distribution and Characteristics|
|From Pidgin to Creole and Beyond|
|Bilingualism and Multilingualism|
|Networks and Repertoires|
|The Linguistic Variable|
|Data Collection and Analysis|
|Some Findings and Issues|
|An Early Study|
|New York City|
|Norwich and Reading|
|A Variety of Studies|
|The Traditional View|
|Some Changes in Progress|
|The Process of Change|
|Words at Work|
|Words and Culture|
|Taboo and Euphemism|
|Varieties of Talk|
|The Ethnography of Speaking|
|Solidarity and Politeness|
|Tu and Vous|
|Talk and Action|
|Understanding and Intervening|
|African American English|
|Consequences for Education|
|A Variety of Situations|
|Winners and Losers|
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