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A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics, A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics, 0817314261, 0-8173-1426-1, 978-0-8173-1426-2, 9780817314262, , , A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics, 0817350977, 0-8173-5097-7, 978-0-8173-5097-0, 9780817350970,

A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics

2004. 384 pp.
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2004. 384 pp.
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The burgeoning field of sociolinguistics (the socially oriented study of language) is characterized by increasing heterogeneity and a proliferation of theories, concepts, and new terminology. This dictionary is designed to help a user navigate a way through the complex discipline. The entries are organized alphabetically and are explained with a minimum of academic jargon. The dictionary accommodates a broad interpretation of sociolinguistics, including macro- and micro-sociolinguistics and a range of approaches within variationist, interactional, critical, and applied traditions. The authors draw from professional experience in all areas of sociolinguistics and a variety of geographical areas, including the United States, United Kingdom and Europe, Australia, southern Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. Topics covered are relevant to a number of academic disciplines, such as anthropology, psychology, communications, sociology, education, and linguistics.

Joan Swann and Theresa Lillis are members of the Centre for Language and Communications at the Open University, UK.  

Ana Deumert
is a Lecturer in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University, Australia.  

Rajend Mesthrie
is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at The University of Cape Town.

" A very useful resourced for both undergraduates and graduates.  The entries are clear and concise, and cover the territory admirably." —Harold F. Schiffman, University of Pennsylvania

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