Title: Introducing Sociolinguistics
Authors: Rajend Mesthrie, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert & William L. Leap
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Printed in: 2009
Summary: Sociolinguistics is one of the central branches of modern linguistics and deals with the place of language in human societies. Co-authored by a team of linguists spanning at least half of the world.
The book covers areas of multilingualism, code-choice, language variation, dialectology, interactional studies, gender, language context, language and inequality and language and power. At the same time it provides an integrated perspective on these themes by examining sociological significant. The book also contains chapters on the applications of sociolinguistics (in education and in language policy and planning) and a concluding chapter on the sociolinguistics of sign language.
New topics covered include speaking style and stylization, while current debates in areas like creolization, globalization and language death, language planning and gender are reflected.
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