Christine Mallinson

in Linguistics

ISBN: 9780199772810
Published online October 2011 | | DOI:

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Sociolinguistics is the study of the effects of language use within and upon societies, and the reciprocal effects of social organization and social contexts on language use. Linguistics is viewed as its parent discipline; yet, the influence of and contributions from related disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and psychology, are also recognized. In turn, sociolinguistic scholarship has traveled beyond the boundaries of linguistics proper to influence these related fields, and there is the potential for greater future impact as interdisciplinary ties between sociolinguists and scholars from other fields continue to strengthen. Although some scholars have debated whether and to what extent sociolinguistics should incorporate insights from other fields and expand its interdisciplinary influence, it is unquestionable that the study of the relationship between language and society constitutes a vast and complex topic that has, to date, yielded an extensive and multifaceted body of scholarship.

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Anthropological Linguistics ; Language Families ; Psycholinguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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