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This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Downes' textbook is an accessible introduction to the social aspects of language and their various explanations. Topics covered include domains of language use, language change, code-switching, speech as social action, and the nature of meaning and understanding. This second edition includes an analysis of language standardisation, language conflict and planning.

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‘Downes’s Language and Society is the clearest and most reliable introduction to the field of sociolinguistics available today.’

William Labov

‘Of textbooks on the market, Downes’s is arguably the best, providing the most thorough overview of the subject.’

Source: Language

‘… a useful and original introduction, one which accomplishes the difficult task of being suitable for both the student of language and the general reader.’

Jenny Cheshire

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