Introducing Sociolinguistics

| University of Cape Town
| Centre for Language and Communication, Open University
| University of Cape Town
| American University
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ISBN 9781556192050
 
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Sociolinguistics is one of the central branches of modern linguistics and deals with the place of language in human societies. This introductory textbook expertly synthesizes the main approaches to the subject. The book covers areas such as multilingualism, code-choice, language variation, dialectology, interactional studies, gender, language contact, language and inequality, and language and power. At the same time it provides an integrated perspective on these themes by examining sociological theories of human interaction. In this regard power and inequality are particularly significant. The book also contains two chapters on the applications of sociolinguistics (in education and in language policy and planning), and a concluding chapter on the sociolinguistics of sign language.
Written collaboratively by teachers and scholars with first hand experience of sociolinguistic developments on four continents, this book provides the broadest introduction currently available to the central topics in sociolinguistics.

Features

• Provides a solid foundation in all aspects of sociolinguistics and explores important themes such as power and inequality and new themes such as sign language and gender on the internet.

• Well illustrated with maps, diagrams, inset boxes, drawings and cartoons.

• Accessibly written with the beginner in mind.

• Uses numerous examples from multilingual settings.

• Explains basic concepts, supported by a Glossary.

• Further Reading lists, a full bibliography, and a section on ‘Next Steps’ provide valuable guidance.

Rajend Mesthrie is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cape Town and known for his sociolinguistic work in English, Asian and African languages. Joan Swann is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication in the School of Education at the Open University. Andrea Deumert is researching language planning and the history of Afrikaans in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Cape Town. William L. Leap is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the American University, Washington DC, and a leading scholar on American Indian language education and on gender.
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Table of Contents
1. Clearing the Ground: Basic Issues, Concepts and Approaches
Rajend Mesthrie
1
2. Regional Dialectology
Rajend Mesthrie
44
3. Social Dialectology
Rajend Mesthrie
76
4. Language Variation and Change
Ana Deumert and Rajend Mesthrie
114
6. Language in Interaction
Joan Swann and William L. Leap
184
8. Language Contact 1: Maintenance, Shift and Death
Rajend Mesthrie and William L. Leap
248
9. Language Contact 2: Pidgins, Creoles and ‘New Englishes’
Rajend Mesthrie
279
10. Critical Sociolinguistics: Approaches to Language and Power
Rajend Mesthrie and Ana Deumert
316
11. Sociolinguistics and Education
William L. Leap and Rajend Mesthrie
354
12. Language Planning and Policy
Ana Deumert
384
13. The Sociolinguistics of Sign Language
Ana Deumert
419
Next Steps
458
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  99086981