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The Cambridge Handbook of Sociolinguistics

The Cambridge Handbook of Sociolinguistics

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Rajend Mesthrie, John Baugh, Alessandro Duranti, Peter Robinson, Lowry Hemphill, Ceil Lucas, Bob Bayley, Cynthia Gordon, Jan Blommaert, Nikolas Coupland, Gregory Guy, Bill Kretzschmar, Barbara Johnstone, Natalie Schilling, Carmen Fought, Ana Deumert, John Singler, Silvia Kouwenberg, Pieter Muysken, Nicholas Ostler, Edgar Schneider, James Tollefson, Diana Eades, Susan McKay, Christopher Stroud, Kathleen Heugh, Abigail Locke
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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897075

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  • The most comprehensive overview available, this handbook is an essential guide to sociolinguistics today. Reflecting the breadth of research in the field, it surveys a range of topics and approaches in the study of language variation and use in society. As well as linguistic perspectives, the handbook includes insights from anthropology, social psychology, the study of discourse and power, conversation analysis, theories of style and styling, language contact and applied sociolinguistics. Language practices seem to have reached new levels since the communications revolution of the late twentieth century. At the same time face-to-face communication is still the main force of language identity, even if social and peer networks of the traditional face-to-face nature are facing stiff competition of the Facebook-to-Facebook sort. The most authoritative guide to the state of the field, this handbook shows that sociolinguistics provides us with the best tools for understanding our unfolding evolution as social beings.

    • The most comprehensive overview of sociolinguistics available
    • Offers sophisticated and sparkling accounts of different aspects of sociolinguistics, such as style, region and 'place', gender, the anthropology of language and globalisation
    • Takes a broad view of the field, covering sociological topics, discourse and conversation and social psychology
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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897075
    • length: 544 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 184 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.21kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the sociolinguistic enterprise Rajend Mesthrie
    Part I. Foundations of Sociolinguistics:
    1. Power, social differentiation and language John Baugh
    2. Linguistic anthropology Alessandro Duranti
    3. Social psychology and language Peter Robinson and Abigail Locke
    4. Orality and literacy in sociolinguistics Lowry Hemphill
    5. Sign languages Ceil Lucas and Bob Bayley
    Part II. Interaction, Style and Discourse:
    6. Conversation and interaction Cynthia Gordon
    7. Pragmatics and discourse Jan Blommaert
    8. Style Nikolas Coupland
    Part III. Social and Regional Dialectology:
    9. Language, class and status Gregory Guy
    10. Language and region Bill Kretzschmar
    11. Language and place Barbara Johnstone
    12. Language, gender, sexuality Natalie Schilling
    13. Language and ethnicity Carmen Fought
    Part IV. Multilingualism and Language Contact:
    14. Multilingualism and multiculturalism Ana Deumert
    15. Pidgins, creoles and other contact varieties John Singler and Silvia Kouwenberg
    16. Code switching Pieter Muysken
    17. Language maintenance, shift and endangerment Nicholas Ostler
    18. Colonisation, globalisation and world Englishes Edgar Schneider
    Part V. Applied Sociolinguistics:
    19. Language planning and policy James Tollefson
    20. Language and the law Diana Eades
    21. Language and the media Susan McKay
    22. Language and education Christopher Stroud and Kathleen Heugh.

  • Editor

    Rajend Mesthrie, University of Cape Town
    Rajend Mesthrie is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town, holding an NRF research chair in the area of Language, Migration and Social Change. He served two terms as President of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa. He has published widely in the fields of sociolinguistics, with special reference to language contact in South Africa. Amongst his publications are Introducing Sociolinguistics, 2nd edition (with Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William Leap, 2009), Language in South Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and World Englishes (with Rakesh M. Bhatt, Cambridge University Press, 2008).

    Contributors

    Rajend Mesthrie, John Baugh, Alessandro Duranti, Peter Robinson, Lowry Hemphill, Ceil Lucas, Bob Bayley, Cynthia Gordon, Jan Blommaert, Nikolas Coupland, Gregory Guy, Bill Kretzschmar, Barbara Johnstone, Natalie Schilling, Carmen Fought, Ana Deumert, John Singler, Silvia Kouwenberg, Pieter Muysken, Nicholas Ostler, Edgar Schneider, James Tollefson, Diana Eades, Susan McKay, Christopher Stroud, Kathleen Heugh, Abigail Locke

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