An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

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Edinburgh University Press, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 152 pages
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This textbook, aimed primarily at beginning undergraduates studying for degrees in English, provides an introduction to a range of sociolinguistic theories and the insights they provide for a greater understanding of varieties of English, past and present. Drawing on both qualitative andquantitative approaches to sociolinguistic variation, the book provides a systematic overview of such topics as: * 'English' as a social and as a linguistic concept*The relationship between regional and social dialectology, and their application to the study of English* English historical sociolinguistics, from Old English to late Modern English* Sociolinguistics and change in English* Outcomes of contact involving varieties of English* English and languageplanning* English, sociolinguistics and linguistic theory.The book contains data drawn from studies of English as it is used around the world. Throughout, there is an emphasis on facilitating a deeper understanding of linguistic variation in English and the social, political and cultural contexts inwhich speakers and writers of English operate.

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Graeme Trousdale is a senior lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.

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