An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics)

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This comprehensive new edition of Wardhaugh s textbookincorporates additional study features and numerous new and updatedreferences to bring the book completely up–to–date, whilstmaintaining the features that made the book so popular withlecturers and students: accessible coverage of a wide range ofissues, clearly written, and with useful student study features.

  • A fully revised new edition of Ronald Wardhaugh s popularintroduction to sociolinguistics, which now includes over 150 newand updated references and new study features throughout
  • Features new Explorations sections in eachchapter incorporating suggested readings, discussion sections, andexercises all designed to encourage students to developtheir own skills and ideas
  • Reflects new developments in the field, providing greater focuson ideas such as identity, solidarity, and markedness
  • Provides balanced coverage of a range of topics, including:language dialects, pidgins and Creoles, codes, bilingualism, speechcommunities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies,solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage,and planning
  • Comprehensive and accessible, it is the ideal introduction forstudents coming to sociolinguistics for the first time

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"Comprehensively, the book provides a rich source of overviews ofthe field of sociolinguistics that will undoubtedly affordresearchers and students in the area insightful knowledge evokingadditional future dialogue and research." ( LINGUIST List,December 2010)

Praise for Previous Editions

The standard text in advanced undergraduate andintroductory graduate courses (Language)

Among the various introductions to sociolinguistics, thisone certainly stands out in its comprehensiveness it offersa wealth of relevant and correct information (Sociolinguistica)

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Ronald Wardhaugh s An Introduction to Sociolinguisticshas been a cornerstone of courses in the field for over twodecades, maintaining its popularity by combining clear andaccessible coverage of a wide range of issues with useful studentstudy features. This comprehensive sixth edition retains thesestrengths, but has also been updated throughout to reflectdevelopments in the field. New chapter–by–chapter explorations sections have been added which encouragestudents to actively engage with tkey issues in sociolinguistics.

The sixth edition includes greater focus on ideas of identity,solidarity, and markedness, while the features that have made thiswork a classic the balanced coverage of issues ranging fromlanguage dialects and variation, code–switching, bilingualism, andspeech communities, to ethnographies, gender, and disadvantage have been updated to reflect the latest research.Accessible and engaging, this is an ideal introduction for bothundergraduates and graduate students with little or no backgroundin sociolinguistics.

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