Sociolinguistics : A Resource Book for Students

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provides a comprehensive introduction to sociolinguistics
draws on a range of real texts, from an interview with Madonna to the Japanese Asahi Evening News
uses real studies designed and conducted by students
provides key readings with commentaries from works by major internationally known authors such as Norman Fairclough, Deborah Cameron, Braj Kachru, Jennifer Coates, Mark Sebba, and Malcolm Coulthard
is accompanied by a supporting website.

New to this edition:

an entire new section on forensic linguistics
additional material on language and gender, conversation analysis and spoken discourse
comprehensively updated exercises, readings and references.

The accompanying website to this book can be found at:
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 15.24mm | 454g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 6 Line drawings, black and white; 5 Tables, black and white
  • 0415401275
  • 9780415401272
  • 271,699

Table of contents

Part 1: Introduction: Key Concepts in Sociolinguistics 1. A Sociolinguistic Toolkit 2. Accent and Dialect 3. Register and Style 4. Ethnicity and Multilingualism 5. Variation and Change 6. Standardisation 7. Gender 8. Pidgins and Creoles 9. New, National and International Englishes 10. Politeness and Accommodation 11. Conversation 12. Applying Sociolinguistics Part 2: Development: Studies in Language and Society 1. Undertaking a Sociolinguistic Study 2. Attitudes to Accent Variation 3. Euphemism, Register and Code 4. Code-Switching 5. Social Networks 6. Shifts in Prestige 7. Genderlects 8. Patwa and Post-Creolisation 9. Singlish and New Englishes 10. Politeness in Mixed-Sex Conversation 11. Phatics in Spoken Discourse 12. Language and Ideology Part 3: Exploration: Data for Investigation 1. Collecting and Exploring Data 2. Dialectal Variation 3. Register 4. Ethnology 5. Perceptions of Variation 6. Prestige 7. Gender 8. Creole 9. New English 10. Politeness 11. E-Discourse 12. Critical Discourse Analysis Part 4: Extension 1. Sociolinguistics and Language Change 2. Foreign Accents in America 3. Style and Ideology 4. Language Contact and Code-Switching 5. The Sociolinguist's Responsibility 6. The Process of Standardisation 7. Men's Language 8. The Origins of Pidgins and Creoles 9. World Englishes and Contact Literature 10. The Politics of Talk 11. Closing Turns 12. Linguistic Detection. Further Reading. References. Glossarial Index
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About Peter Stockwell

Peter Stockwell is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham and the author of many books and academic articles in the fields of literature and language, sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, language and cognition, surrealism and literary theory. Peter is the editor of the Routledge English Language Introductions series.
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