An Introduction to Sociolinguistics
This fifth edition has been revised and updated throughout using key concepts and examples to guide the reader through this fascinating area, including:
a new chapter on identity that reflects the latest research;
a brand new companion website which is fully cross-referenced within this book, and which includes and video and audio materials, interactive activities and links to useful websites;
updated and revised examples and exercises which include new material from Tanzania, Wales, Paraguay and Timor-Leste;
fully updated further reading and references sections.
An Introduction to Sociolinguistics is the essential introductory text for all students of sociolinguistics and a splendid point of reference for students of English language studies, linguistics and applied linguistics.
- Paperback | 538 pages
- 191 x 248 x 28.96mm | 1,198g
- 04 Apr 2017
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- 5th New edition
- 68 Line drawings, black and white; 5 Halftones, black and white; 23 Tables, black and white
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10 Jun 2009
16 Apr 2006
30 Nov 2017
01 Aug 1999
30 Apr 2005
01 Aug 1987
Table of contents
The Online Companion
1. What do sociolinguists study?
Section I: 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 II: Language Variation: Focus on Users
6. Regional and social dialects
7. Gender and age
8. Ethnicity and social networks
9. Language change
Interlude: identity in sociolinguistics
Section III: 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
Appendix: phonetic symbols
Sociolinguistics: key words and concepts
Kirk Hazen, West Virginia University, USA
"This truly user-friendly text has stood the test of time. It takes variation as the point of departure, with dual foci on the language user and language use. The revised edition contains up-to-date research from an international perspective. The new interactive companion website will further enhance its usability and global appeal."
Li Wei, Institute of Education, University College London, UK
"My students and I thoroughly enjoyed this textbook. We liked the engaging examples, the well-designed exercises with suggested answers, and the extensive glossary. Now this 5th edition offers even more innovations through its online companion! This is an ideal textbook on sociolinguistics."
Phoebe Lin, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
"An Introduction to Sociolinguistics has been among the most approachable and yet insightful of all the textbooks on this subject since its first edition in 1992. It is engaging while never shying away from theory - a considerable achievement. The individual speaker is kept in focus, showing with great clarity how important Sociolinguistics is for our understanding of the human experience. This fifth edition maintains the virtues of its predecessors, while ensuring that the reader is bang up to date."
Paul Kerswill, University of York, UK
About Nick Wilson
Nick Wilson is Lecturer in Linguistics at Macquarie University, Australia.