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The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader

Both a companion to Introducing Sociolinguistics, Miriam Meyerhoff's bestselling textbook, and a stand-alone Reader in sociolinguistics, this collection includes classic foundational readings and more recent innovative articles. Intended to be highly user-friendly, The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader includes substantial section introductions, further reading, a reader's guide on how to use the book and an introductory chapter providing advice on how to undertake qualitative and quantitative research. This introduction is supplemented by exercises focussing on data handling and collection. The Reader is divided into six sections and each section is thematically organised. Each reading is accessible to beginning students of sociolinguistics but the entire selection is assembled to also help advanced students focus on themes, principles and concepts that cut across different researchers' work. Beginning and advanced students are supported by Content Questions to assist understanding of essential features in the readings, and Concept Questions which help advanced students make connections across readings, apply theory to data, and critically engage with the readings. A companion website supports and connects the Reader and textbook with structured exercises, links to associated websites and video examples, plus an online glossary. The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader is essential reading for students on courses in sociolinguistics, language and society, and language and variation. Authors: Allan Bell ao Jennifer Hay ao Stefanie Jannedy ao Norma Mendoza-Denton ao Qing Zhang ao John Laver ao Sachiko Ide ao Dennis R. Preston ao Thomas Purnell ao William Idsardi ao John Baugh ao Gibson Ferguson ao Isabelle Buchstaller ao Jinny K. Choi ao Don Kulick ao Christopher Stroud ao Jan-Peter Blom ao John J. Gumperz ao David Britain ao Monica Heller ao Ben Rampton ao Miriam Meyerhoff ao Nancy Niedzielski ao William Labov ao Rika Ito ao Sali Tagliamonte ao Gillian Sankoff ao Helene Blondeau ao Peter Trudgill ao Richard Cameron ao Lesley Milroy ao James Milroy ao Paul Kerswill ao Ann Williams ao Terttu Nevalainen ao Penelope Eckert ao Janet Holmes ao Stephanie Schnurr ao Niloofar Haeri ao Elinor Ochs ao Scott Fabius Kiesling ao Rusty Barrett Miriam Meyerhoff is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Erik Schleef is lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester, UK. Go to www.routledge.com/textbooks/meyerhoff for online resources supporting The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader and Introducing Sociolinguistics (Meyerhoff 2011) ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS
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Table of Contents

List of figures List of tables User's guide to The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader Acknowledgements Introduction Erik Schleef and Miriam Meyerhoff Sociolinguistic methods for data collection and interpretation Part one: Identities, style and politeness Editors' introduction to part one Allan Bell Back in style: Reworking audience design Jennifer Hay, Stefanie Jannedy, and Norma Mendoza-Denton Oprah and /ay/: Lexical frequency, referee design, and style Qing Zhang A Chinese yuppie in Beijing: Phonological variation and the construction of a new professional identity John Laver Linguistic routines and politeness in greeting and parting Sachiko Ide Formal forms and discernment: Two neglected aspects of universals of linguistic politeness Part two: Perceptions and language attitudes Editors' introduction to part two Dennis R. Preston Language with an attitude Dennis R. Preston The Li'l Abner syndrome: Written representations of speech Thomas Purnell, William Idsardi, and John Baugh Perceptual and phonetic experiments on American English dialect identification Gibson Ferguson Language education policy and the medium of instruction issue in post-colonial Africa Isabelle Buchstaller Social stereotypes, personality traits and regional perceptions displaced: Attitudes towards the `new' quotative in the U.K. Part three: Multilingualism and language contact Editors' introduction to part three Jinny K. Choi Bilingualism in Paraguay: Forty years after Rubin's study Don Kulick and Christopher Stroud Code-switching in Gapun: Social and linguistic aspects of language use in a language shifting community Jan-Peter Blom and John J. Gumperz Social meaning in linguistic structure: Code-switching in Norway David Britain Dialect contact, focusing and phonological rule complexity: The koineisation of Fenland English Monica Heller Legitimate language in a multilingual school Ben Rampton Language crossing and the redefinition of reality Miriam Meyerhoff and Nancy Niedzielski The Globalisation of Vernacular Variation Part four: Variation and change Editors' introduction to part four William Labov The social motivation of a sound change Rika Ito and Sali Tagliamonte Well weird, right dodgy, very strange, really cool: Layering and recycling in English intensifiers Gillian Sankoff and Helene Blondeau Language change across the lifespan: /r/ in Montreal French Peter Trudgill Norwich revisited: Recent linguistic changes in an English urban dialect Richard Cameron Aging and Gendering Part five: Social class, networks and communities of practice Editors' introduction to part five Lesley Milroy and James Milroy Social network and social class: Toward an integrated sociolinguistic model Paul Kerswill and Ann Williams Mobility versus social class in dialect levelling: Evidence from new and old towns in England Terttu Nevalainen Making the best of `bad' data: Evidence for sociolinguistic variation in early modern English Penelope Eckert Vowels and nail polish: The emergence of linguistic style in the preadolescent heterosexual marketplace Janet Holmes and Stephanie Schnurr `Doing femininity' at work: More than just relational practice Part six: Gender Editors' introduction to part six Niloofar Haeri A linguistic innovation of women in Cairo Elinor Ochs Indexing gender Scott Fabius Kiesling Power and the language of men Rusty Barrett Markedness and styleswitching in performances by African American drag queens Notes on concept questions Index

About the Author

Miriam Meyerhoff is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her work investigates language variation and the interplay between language and social identities, using qualitative and quantitative methods. She is author of Introducing Sociolinguistics, and co-editor of the Handbook of Language and Gender, as well as Social Lives in Language and the Creole Language Library. Erik Schleef is Lecturer in English Sociolinguistics in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests include language variation and change, language and gender and language acquisition in immigrant contexts. He has lived and taught in the US, the UK, Germany, and Switzerland.


"An outstanding resource for students and scholars of sociolinguistics at all levels. The introductory chapter on methods provides a great entrance into the field and the reader covers a generally excellent range of core readings in sociolinguistics. In addition the editors have integrated those readings with helpful exercises and discussion questions that will benefit students and instructors alike." Robin Queen, University of Michigan, USA "The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader stands out with its focus on practice. Students will love the hands-on nature of this Reader!" Ingrid Piller, Macquarie University, Australia "A very useful collection, due to the care in selection both in terms of quality and the wide range of approaches. I especially like the focus on multilingualism (more than a third of the articles report on languages other than English, for anyone keeping score), both in the choice of topics and in the attention given to the interests and needs of multilingual students." Naomi Nagy, University of Toronto, Canada "This is the kind of interactive, varied course material that both students and teachers dream about." - Dr. Catharina Peersman, Department of Linguistics, K.U. Leuven, Belgium '... offers a true introductory manual of sociolinguistic studies to students and teachers alike... this is the kind of interactive, varied course material that both students and teachers dream about. There is no doubt about the excellent qualities of 'The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader'. When combined with Meyerhoff's 'Introducing Sociolinguistics' and the online resources, this versatile manual is a very practical resource that would help create a varied and enjoyable sociolinguistics course.' - LinguistList

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