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Urban Sociolinguistics : The City as a Linguistic Process and Experience

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From Los Angeles to Tokyo, Urban Sociolinguistics is a sociolinguistic study of twelve urban settings around the world. Building on William Labov's famous New York Study, the authors demonstrate how language use in these areas is changing based on belief systems, behavioural norms, day-to-day rituals and linguistic practices.


All chapters are written by key figures in sociolinguistics and presents the personal stories of individuals using linguistic means to go about their daily communications, in diverse sociolinguistic systems such as:








extremely large urban conurbations like Cairo, Tokyo, and Mexico City







smaller settings like Paris and Sydney








less urbanised places such as the Western Netherlands Randstad area and Kohima in India.







Providing new perspectives on crucial themes such as language choice and language contact, code-switching and mixing, language and identity, language policy and planning and social networks, this is key reading for students and researchers in the areas of multilingualism and super-diversity within sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and urban studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 15.24mm | 363g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed
  • 8 Tables, black and white
  • 1138200379
  • 9781138200371
  • 1,313,513

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Why cities matter for a globalising sociolinguistics


Patrick Heinrich / Dick Smakman





2. Urban sociolinguistics


Florian Coulmas





Part I: The Global South





Introduction to part I





3. Cairo: The linguistic dynamics of a multilingual city


Reem Bassiouney / Mark Muehlhaeusler





4. Mexico City: Homogeneity and superdiversity


Roland Terborg / Virna Velazquez





5. Old variables, new meanings: Resignification of rural speech variants in Sao Paolo's Portuguese urban ecology


Livia Oushiro / Maria de Carmen Parafita Couto





6. Dubai: Language in the ethnographic, corporate and mobile city


Ingrid Piller





7. Kohima: Language variation and change in a small but diverse city in India


Shobha Satyanath





Part II: The Global North





Introduction to part II





8. The language of London and Londoners


Susan Fox / Devyani Sharma





9. Tokyo: Standardization, ludic language use and emerging superdiversity


Patrick Heinrich / Rika Yamashita





10. The city as a result of experiences: Paris and its nearby suburbs


Christine Deprez





11. The Randstad area in the Netherlands: Emergent and fluid identity-locality production through language in use


Leonie Cornips / Vincent de Rooij / Dick Smakman





12. Notes on the language ecology of the City of Angels: Los Angeles, California, 1965-2015


Reynaldo F. Marcias / Arturo Diaz / Ameer Drane





13. Sydney's intersecting worlds of languages and things


Emi Otsuji / Alastair Pennycook





14. Moscow: Diversity in disguise


Kapitolina Federova / Vlada Baranova





In place of conclusions: A proposal for street use surveys
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About Patrick Heinrich

Dick Smakman is Lecturer at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has taught courses in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at universities in the Netherlands, England, Poland and Japan.


Patrick Heinrich is Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and Mediterranean African Studies at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy.


Together, they are the co-editors of Globalising Sociolinguistics (2015).
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