The Handbook of Sociolinguistics / Edition 1

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In 28 newly commissioned chapters distinguished contributors provide an up-to-date overview of sociolinguistics. This invaluable work of reference identifies the most important issues of sociolinguistics, makes primary sources more accessible, and provides orientation for future research. Reflecting the main division within the discipline, the two key sections deal with the social dimensions of language and the linguistic dimensions of society. In addition, there is an introductory section taking issue with theoretical and methodological foundations of sociolinguistics. The final part introduces four areas in which the application of sociolinguistic knowledge has proved to be especially fruitful in recent years; education, bilingual education, the legal profession, and language planning. The Handbook is equipped with a comprehensive bibliography which can be used as a research tool in its own right.
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".....the decision to commission 28 articles by leading specialists and to have them combined in this anthology makes excellent sense."The book is excellently edited and printed. It provides up-to-date information on most subdisciplines of sociolinguistics."Manfred Gorlach, Universitat zu Koln

"It.....presents fresh insights into many subjects, and the papers that are true review articles provide comprehensive bibliogrphic materials for further research.".....this collection offers much of interest and a breadth that makes it a useful resource."Sharon Ash, University of Pennsylvania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631211938
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/1998
  • Series: Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Florian Coulmas is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Chuo University, Tokyo. He was previously Professor of General Linguistics at Dusseldorf University and Research Fellow of the National Language Institute, Tokyo. He has been visiting Professor at Georgetown University and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin. His principle fields of interest are the study of writing and sociolinguistics.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 The Evolution of a Sociolinguistic Theory of Language 15
2 The Demography of Language 33
3 Varieties and Variation 47
4 Language Change in Progress: Variation as it Happens 65
5 Social Factors in Language Change 81
6 Sociophonology 92
7 Dialect in Society 107
8 Gender as a Sociolinguistic Variable: New Perspectives on Variation Studies 127
9 Age as a Sociolinguistic Variable 151
10 Spoken and Written Language 168
11 The Sociolinguistics of Communication Media 187
12 Diglossia as a Sociolinguistic Situation 205
13 Code-switching 217
14 Language Contact and Language Generation: Pidgins and Creoles 238
15 Language Contact and Language Degeneration 257
16 Language Contact and Language Displacement 273
17 Language Conflict 285
18 Multilingualism 301
19 Language and Identity 315
20 Language and Ethnicity: The View from Within 327
21 Global Scale Sociolinguistics 344
22 Language and the Mediation of Experience: Linguistic Representation and Cognitive Orientation 358
23 Linguistic Etiquette 374
24 Sociolinguistics and Education 389
25 Bilingual Education 405
26 Sociolinguistics and the Law 421
27 Language Planning and Language Reform 436
Bibliography 453
Index 521
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