An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-16
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
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A bestselling text, which explains the basic sociolinguistic concepts through a wide range of examples. Market-leading introduction to sociolinguistics. Many existing adoptions. Sociolinguistics is a core topic on all Linguistics and English#xA0;Language courses. Most student-friendly introduction to the subject. Updated throughout, and expanded with a new chapter. Extremely well-known and highly respected author.

Author Biography

Janet Holmes holds a personal Chair in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington where she teaches a range of sociolinguistics courses.

Table of Contents

Preface Author's Acknowledgements Publisher's Acknowledgements 1. What do sociolinguists study? Section A: Multilingual speech communities 2. Language choice in multilingual communities 3. Language maintenance and shift 4. Linguistic varieties and multilingual nations 5. National languages and language planning Section B: Language variation: focus on users 6. Regional and social dialects 7. Gender and age 8. Ethnicity and social networks 9. Language change Section C: Language variation: focus on uses 10. Style, context and register 11. Speech functions, politeness and cross-cultural communication 12. Gender, politeness and stereotypes 13. Language, cognition and culture 14. Analysing Discourse 15. Attitudes and applications 16. Conclusion References Appendix I: phonetic symbols Appendix II: preface to first edition Appendix III: preface to second edition Glossary Index

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