An Introduction to Sociolinguistics / Edition 6

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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

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“As in earlier editions of this book, Wardhaugh aims here to cover the main topics for an introductory course while keeping pace with contemporary research… Wardhaugh maintains an informed, critical and thought-provoking discussion throughout the book [and] incorporates some 130 new references, accompanying discussions of quantitative methodology, English as a global language and even ‘queer linguistics’… The inclusion of more recent scholarship, combined with his own transparency, make this latest edition an engaging introduction to sociolinguistics.” Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Praise for previous editions...

"The standard text in advanced undergraduate courses 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: 305,609
  • 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. His recent work includes Proper English (Blackwell, 1998) and Understanding English Grammar (second edition, Blackwell, 2003).
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Languages, dialects, and varieties 25
3 Pidgins and creoles 58
4 Codes 88
5 Speech communities 119
6 Language variation 135
7 Some findings and issues 162
8 Change 191
9 Words and culture 221
10 Ethnographies 242
11 Solidarity and politeness 260
12 Talk and action 284
13 Gender 315
14 Disadvantage 335
15 Planning 356
16 Conclusion 383
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    It's a plus for me- check it out!

    Great teachers' reference material. The ebook format allows you to read whenever and wherever you want. While reading it you get to highlight important information and take notes, too.

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