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The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics

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From its beginnings in the 1960s, sociolinguistics developed several different subfields with distinct methods and interests: the variationist tradition established by Labov, the anthropological tradition of Hymes, interactional sociolinguistics as developed by Gumperz, and the sociology of language represented by the work of Fishman. All of these areas have seen a great deal of growth in recent decades, and recent studies have led to a more broadly inclusive view of sociolinguistics. Hence there is a need for a...
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Overview


From its beginnings in the 1960s, sociolinguistics developed several different subfields with distinct methods and interests: the variationist tradition established by Labov, the anthropological tradition of Hymes, interactional sociolinguistics as developed by Gumperz, and the sociology of language represented by the work of Fishman. All of these areas have seen a great deal of growth in recent decades, and recent studies have led to a more broadly inclusive view of sociolinguistics. Hence there is a need for a handbook that will survey the main areas of the field, point out the lacunae in our existing knowledge base, and provide directions for future research.

The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics will differ from existing work in four major respects. First, it will emphasize new methodological developments, particularly the convergence of linguistic anthropology and variationist sociolinguistics. Second, it will include chapters on sociolinguistic developments in areas of the world that have been relatively neglected in the major journals. Third, its chapters are written by contributors who have worked in a range of languages and whose work addresses sociolinguistic issues in bi- and multilingual contexts, i.e. the contexts in which a majority of the world's population lives. Finally, it will include substantial material on the rapidly growing study of sign language sociolinguistics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"... [What] makes the Oxford Handbook distinctive is precisely its commitment to ranging widely, across disciplines as well as languages and societies. This makes it a particularly valuable resource for scholars and teachers whose vision of sociolinguistics is a broad and inclusive one..." --nternational Journal of Applied Linguistics

"The...handbook benefits from the fact that all of the authors are outstanding scholars who are extremely well known in their respective areas of expertise... [G]raduate students who are interested in sociolinguistic studies are most likely to benefit from reading this handbook in its entirety, because the editors have taken great care to account for a combination of theoretical and practical insights regarding studies of language in social contexts." --Language

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199744084
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/2013
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 1,207,945
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT BAYLEY is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Davis. He has conducted research on variation in English, Spanish, Chinese, ASL, and Italian Sign Language as well as studies of language socialization in U.S. Latino communities. His publications include Language as Cultural Practice (with Sandra R. Schecter, 2002), and Sociolinguistic Variation: Theories, Methods, and Applications (with Ceil Lucas, 2007).

RICHARD CAMERON is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has published on Puerto Rican Spanish, Chicago English, age, gender, medical discourse, and sociolinguistic theory. A recently edited book is Spanish in Context (with Kim Potowski, 2007).

CEIL LUCAS is Professor of Linguistics at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Her recent publications include Language and the Law in Deaf Communities (2003), The Linguistics of American Sign Language, 5th ed. (with Clayton Valli et al., 2011), and The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure (with Carolyn McCaskill, Robert Bayley, and Joseph Hill, 2011).

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Contributors
List of Tables
List of Figures
Introduction
Robert Bayley, Richard Cameron, and Ceil Lucas

Part I. Disciplinary Perspectives
1. Variationist Sociolinguistics
Robert Bayley
2. Linguistic Anthropology
Janet Shibamotoe-Smith and Vineeta Chand
3. Doers and Makers: The Interwoven Stories of Sociology and the Study of Language
Christopher McAll
4. Critical Discourse Analysis
Martin Reisigl
5. Conversation Analysis
Paul Seedhouse
6. The Intersections of Language Socialization and Sociolinguistics
Karen Watson-Gegeo and Matthew C. Bronson
7. Psycholinguistic Approaches
Brandon C. Loudermilk
8. Interdisciplinary Approaches
Christine Mallinson and Tyler Kendall

Part II. Methodologies and Approaches
9. Studies of the Community and the Individual
James A. Walker and Miriam Meyerhoff
10. Experimental Methods for Measuring Intelligibility of Closely Related Language Varieties
Charlotte Gooskens
11. Quantitative Analysis
Kyle Gorman and Daniel Ezra Johnson
12. Analyzing Qualitative Data: Mapping the Research Trajectory in Multilingual Contexts
Juliet Langman
13. Longitudinal Studies
Gillian Sankoff
14. Methods for Studying Sign Languages
Ceil Lucas

Part III. Bilingualism and Language Contact
15. Pidgins and Creoles
Eric Russell Webb
16. Language Maintenance and Shift
Kim Potowski
17. Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition
Martin Howard, Raymond Mougeon, and Jean-Marc Dewaele
18. Codeswitching
Li Wei
19. Sign Language Contact
David Quinto-Pozos and Robert Adam

Part IV. Variation
20. Sociophonetics
Maciej Baranowski
21. Phonology and Sociolinguistics
Naomi Nagy
22. Morphosyntactic Variation
Ruth King
23. Pragmatics and Sociolinguistic Variation
Richard Cameron and Scott Schwenter
24. Variation and Change
Alexandra D'Arcy
25. Sociolinguistic Variation and Change in Sign Languages
Adam Schembri and Trevor Johnston

Part V. Language Policy, Language Ideology, and Language Attitudes
26. Language Policy, Ideology, and Attitudes in English-Dominant Countries
Thomas Ricento
27. Language Policies and Language Attitudes in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Vernacularization
Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu
28. Language Policy and Ideology: Greater China
Qing Zhang
29. Language Policies and Politics in South Asia
Vineeta Chand
30. Language Policy and Ideology in Latin America
Enrique Rainer Hamel
31. Language Policy, Ideology, and Attitudes in Western Europe
Fran├žois Grin
32. Language Management in the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and Post-Soviet Countries
Aneta Pavlenko
33. Language Policy and Attitudes towards Sign Languages
Joseph Hill

Part VI. Sociolinguistics, the Professions, and the Public Interest
34. Language and Law
Gregory Matoesian
35. Our Stories, Ourselves: Can the Culture of a Large Medical School Be Changed without Open Heart Surgery?
Richard M. Frankel
36. Sociolinguistic Studies of Sign Language Interpreting
Cynthia Roy and Melanie Metzger
37. Language Awareness in Community Perspective: Obligation and Opportunity
Walt Wolfram
38. Linguistic and Ecological Diversity
Suzanne Romaine
39. Language Revitalization
Lenore A. Grenoble
40. Linguistics and Social Activism
Anne H. Charity Hudley

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