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Overview

In 1986 Ronald Wardhaugh provided the world of sociolinguistics with a popular and accessible textbook for introductory students. Keeping in step with this ever-changing field, this fifth edition has been thoroughly revised with 130 new and updated references and increased emphasis on issues of identity, solidarity, and power.

Extensive discussion topics and recommendations for further reading accompany each chapter and featured topics include: language dialects, pidgins and creoles, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning. This classic in the field assumes little previous knowledge of linguistics, anthropology, or sociology and may be used at an introductory level or as a supplementary text in higher-level courses.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Comprehensively, the book provides a rich source of overviews of the field of sociolinguistics that will undoubtedly afford researchers and students in the area insightful knowledge evoking additional future dialogue and research." (LINGUIST List, December 2010)

Praise for Previous Editions

“The standard text in advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate courses” (Language)

“Among the various introductions to sociolinguistics, this one certainly stands out in its comprehensiveness… it offers a wealth of relevant and correct information” (Sociolinguistica)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405186681
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Series: Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics Series , #16
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 415,771
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Wardhaugh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of a number of books, including Proper English (Wiley-Blackwell, 1998) and Understanding English Grammar, 2nd Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003).

Janet M. Fuller is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has recently published two books dealing with multilingualism, discourse and identity: Bilingual Pre-Teens: Competing ideologies and multiple identities in the U.S. and Germany (2012) and Spanish Speakers in the USA (2013), and was the editor of the sociolinguistics section of the Language and Linguistics Compass (Wiley-Blackwell) from 2010–2013.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction

Knowledge of Language

Variation

Language and Society

Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language

Methodological Concerns

Overview

Further Reading

Part I: Languages and Communities:

2. Languages, Dialects, and Varieties

Language or Dialect?

Standardization

Regional Dialects

Social Dialects

Styles, Registers, and Beliefs

Further Reading

3. Pidgins and Creoles

Lingua Francas

Definitions

Distribution and Characteristics

Origins

From Pidgin to Creole and Beyond

Further Reading

4. Codes

Diglossia

Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Code-Switching

Accommodation

Further Reading

5. Speech Communities

Definitions

Intersecting Communities

Networks and Repertoires

Further Reading

Part II: Inherent Variety:

6. Language Variation

Regional Variation

The Linguistic Variable

Social Variation

Data Collection and Analysis

Further Reading

7. Some Findings and Issues

An Early Study

New York City

Norwich and Reading

A Variety of Studies

Belfast

Controversies

Further Reading

8. Change

The Traditional View

Some Changes in Progress

The Process of Change

Further Reading

Part III: Words at Work:

9. Words and Culture

Whorf

Kinship

Taxonomies

Color

Prototypes

Taboo and Euphemism

Further Reading

10. Ethnographies

Varieties of Talk

The Ethnography of Speaking

Ethnomethodology

Further Reading

11. Solidarity and Politeness

Tu and Vous

Address Terms

Politeness

Further Reading

12. Talk and Action

Speech Acts

Cooperation

Conversation

Further Reading

Part IV: Understanding and Intervening:

13. Gender

Differences

Possible Explanations

Further Reading

14. Disadvantage

Codes Again

African American English

Consequences for Education

Further Reading

15. Planning

Issues

A Variety of Situations

Further Examples

Winners and Losers

Further Reading

16. Conclusion

References

Index

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