Linguistic Anthropology

Janet S. Shibamoto-Smith and Vineeta Chand

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199744084
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Linguistic Anthropology


This chapter reviews the development of linguistic anthropology as it relates to sociolinguistics, including some particulars of the concept of fieldwork and ethnography, as well as some of the changes in the nature of field sites that have occurred over the last few decades. It also looks at some of the new strands of empirical work and theorizing that have emerged as a result of these changes. The chapter ends with some thoughts on how socially oriented linguistics of all sorts might productively work together toward meshing the concerns of quantitative sociolinguistics in the population-wide, emergent patterns of language use that characterize a community of speakers with the historical, discursive, and ideological understandings of on-the-ground speaking events, which remain the core concern of linguistic anthropology.

Keywords: linguistic anthropology; ethnography; sociolinguistics; quantitative sociolinguistics; language use

Article.  7772 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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