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An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

by Graeme Trousdale
     
 

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This textbook, aimed primarily at beginning undergraduates studying for degrees in English, provides an introduction to a range of sociolinguistic theories and the insights they provide for a greater understanding of varieties of English, past and present. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociolinguistic variation, the book provides a

Overview

This textbook, aimed primarily at beginning undergraduates studying for degrees in English, provides an introduction to a range of sociolinguistic theories and the insights they provide for a greater understanding of varieties of English, past and present. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociolinguistic variation, the book provides a systematic overview of such topics as:
• 'English' as a social and as a linguistic concept
• The relationship between regional and social dialectology, and their application to the study of English
• English historical sociolinguistics, from Old English to late Modern English
• Sociolinguistics and change in English
• Outcomes of contact involving varieties of English
• English and language planning
• English, sociolinguistics and linguistic theory.

The book contains data drawn from studies of English as it is used around the world. Throughout, there is an emphasis on facilitating a deeper understanding of linguistic variation in English and the social, political and cultural contexts in which speakers and writers of English operate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748623242
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Series:
Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language Series
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Graeme Trousdale is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Edinburgh

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