An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

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.

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