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Sociolinguistics

John Edwards

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780199858613
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365920 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199858613.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Sociolinguistics

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Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction deals with the social life of language: language in its sociocultural context. It draws from sociolinguistics, the sociology of language, and psycholinguistics. It explains the differential social evaluations of languages and dialects, how names (and naming) are much more than simple designations, and why some languages come to dominate others. It also explores the relationship between language and gender, sexist language, the language of poverty, the intertwining of language and religion, and politically driven language planning and policy. It demonstrates the connections and continuities that exist within the language arena in which we all participate.

Keywords: Franz Bopp; Charles Darwin; Jacob Grimm; language; John Locke; religion; Edward Sapir; sociolinguistics; Ludwig Wittgenstein

Book.  160 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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Coming to terms in Sociolinguistics

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Variation and change in Sociolinguistics

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Perceptions of language in Sociolinguistics

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Protecting language in Sociolinguistics

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Languages great and small in Sociolinguistics

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Multilingualism in Sociolinguistics

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Name, sex, and religion in Sociolinguistics

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