Sociolinguistics as Social Practice

Monica Heller

in Paths to Post-Nationalism

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746866
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827091 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Sociolinguistics as Social Practice

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This chapter provides a critical overview of how ideologies of languages as whole, bounded systems are tied to the development of the nation-state, and how this discursive formation is challenged by the globalized new economy. It argues for a critical ethnographic sociolinguistics as a means for understanding this shift and presents francophone Canada as an illuminating case for such work.

Keywords: critique; sociolinguistics; ethnography; Canada; globalization; nation; state

Chapter.  13207 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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