Introducing Sociolinguistics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-09-19
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Introducing Sociolinguistics provides a solid, up-to-date appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field. It covers foundation issues, recent advances and current debates-presenting familiar or classic data in new ways, and supplementing the familiar with fresh examples from a wide range of languages and social settings. It clearly explains the patterns and systems that underlie language variation in use, as well as the ways in which alternations between different language varieties index personal style, social power and national identity. Individual chapters cover: Social dialects and individual style. Language attitudes. Politeness Multilingualism and language choice. Real time and apparent time change in language. Social class, social networks and communities of practice Gender Language and dialect contact. Every chapter includes: exercises that enable readers to engage critically with the text; break out boxes making connections between sociolinguistics and linguistic or socialtheory; and brief, lively add-ons guaranteed to make the book a memorable and enjoyable read. With a full glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading, this text gives students all the tools they need for an excellent command of sociolinguistics.

Author Biography

Miriam Meyerhoff is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Sounds and Symbols
Introduction to Using this Book
Introducing and Understanding Sociolinguistics
Variation and Style
Language Attitudes
Being Polite as a Variable in Speech
Multilingualism and Language Choice
Real Time and Apparent Time
Social Class
Social Networks and Communities of Practice
Language Contact
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Notes on the Exercises
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