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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics


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Preface.Acknowledgements.1. Introduction.Part I: Languages and Communities:.2. Languages, Dialects, and Varieties.3. Pidgins and Creoles.4. Codes.5. Speech Communities.Part II: Inherent Variety:.6. Language Variation.7. Some Findings and Issues.8. Change.Part III: Words at Work:.9. Words and Culture.10. Ethnographies.11. Solidarity and Politeness.12. Talk and Action.Part IV: Understanding and Intervening:.13. Gender.14. Disadvantage.15. Planning.16. Conclusion.Bibliography.Index.

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Ronald Wardhaugh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. His recent work includes Proper English (Blackwell, 1998) and Understanding English Grammar (second edition, Blackwell, 2003).


"As in earlier editions of this book, Wardhaugh aims here to cover the main topics for an introductory course while keeping pace with contemporary research... Wardhaugh maintains an informed, critical and thought-provoking discussion throughout the book [and] incorporates some 130 new references, accompanying discussions of quantitative methodology, English as a global language and even 'queer linguistics'... The inclusion of more recent scholarship, combined with his own transparency, make this latest edition an engaging introduction to sociolinguistics." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development Praise for previous editions... "The standard text in advanced undergraduate courses and introductory graduate courses." Language "Among the various introductions to sociolinguistics, this one certainly stands out in its comprehensiveness... it offers a wealth of relevant and correct information." Sociolinguistica

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