Interdisciplinary Approaches

Christine Mallinson and Tyler Kendall

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Interdisciplinary Approaches


Historiographers often have narrated sociolinguistics as an interdisciplinary field that originated at the intersection of sociology, anthropology, and linguistics. This chapter reviews interdisciplinary literature that speaks to the topics, techniques, and extent to which sociolinguists, other linguists, and other scholars have converged. It focuses on three sites of inquiry: (1) language, computation, and the mind; (2) language, identity, and culture; and (3) language and social stratification. Sociolinguistics can expect to continue to integrate and align with these interests through continuing advancements in technology, mathematical and computational methods, databases of available data, and knowledge of cognition.

Keywords: sociolinguistics; language studies; social stratification; anthropology; computational methods

Article.  8314 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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