AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH SOCIOLINGUISTICS
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 and quantitative 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 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.
Publisher: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
Author: GRAEME TROUSDALE