Language Awareness in Community Perspective

Walt Wolfram

in The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Language Awareness in Community Perspective


This chapter notes that community-based research is at the core of sociolinguistics. Practically, all sociolinguistic researchers work with speech communities of some type. The awareness of regional and social place is hierarchical in that people identify strongly with their local neighborhood, their immediate community of residency, and the regional areas and the state in which their community is located. There are many levels of local, regional, and cultural affiliations that might be included in the definition of speech community, and sociolinguistic researchers may have opportunities to work with communities on the multiple levels of these embedded and hierarchical notions of community.

Keywords: community-based research; sociolinguistics; social place; cultural affiliations; speech community

Article.  8421 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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