Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

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Edinburgh University Press, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 168 pages
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Designed for beginning undergraduates studying for degrees in English, this textbook 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 and quantitative approaches to sociolinguistic variation, the book provides a systematic overview such topics as:*'English' as a social and as a linguistic concept*English speech communities*Social and regional dialectology in relation to varieties 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 language planning*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 in which speakers and writers of English operate.
 

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Contents

1 What is English?
1
2 Communities networks and individuals
16
3 English and language planning
28
4 Regional and social variation
41
5 Change in English
59
6 English historical sociolinguistics
76
7 Language contact
92
8 Dialect contact
105
9 Sociolinguistics and linguistic theory
119
10 Conclusion
134
Appendix
136
References
138
Index
149
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Graeme Trousdale is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Edinburgh

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