An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

Synopsis

This textbook, aimed primarily at beginning undergraduates obtaining degrees in English, provides an introduction to a range of sociolinguistic theories and their insight into varieties of English, past and present. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociolinguistic variation, the book provides a systematic overview of topics such as: "English'"as a social and 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 ongoing change in English; Englishes as contact varieties; English as an official language; and English, sociolinguistics, and linguistic theory. The book draws from studies of English as it is spoken around the world, facilitating a deeper understanding of linguistic variation in English and the social, political, and cultural contexts in which speakers and writers of English operate.

Additional information

Contributors:
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2010