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The SAGE Handbook of Sociolinguistics

Ruth Wodak University of Lancaster
Barbara Johnstone Carnegie Mellon University
Paul E Kerswill University of Lancaster
© 2010   648 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd   
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Paperback ISBN: 9781446270592 £29.99
Hardcover ISBN: 9781847870957 £110.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781446248409
Other Titles in: Sociology  |  Sociolinguistics  |  Speech Communication
'A superb volume that weaves together the complex threads of sociological theory, linguistic analysis and practical application that characterise this important and influential field. The contributions offer a range and depth of coverage that is not found elsewhere. Highly recommended for all serious students of the social dimensions of language' - Ian Hutchby, Professor of Sociology, University of Leicester

This Handbook answers a long-standing need for an up-to-date, comprehensive, international, in-depth critical survey of the history, trajectory, data, results and key figures involved in sociolinguistics.

The Handbook consists of six inter-linked sections:

• The History of Sociolinguistics

• Sociolinguistics and Social Theory

• Language, Variation and Change

• Interaction

• Multilingualism and Contact

• Applications

The result is a work of unprecedented coverage and insight. It is all here, from the foundational contributions to the field to the impact of new media, new technologies of communication, globalization, trans-border fluidities and agendas of research.

The book will quickly be recognized as a benchmark in the field. It will provide a basis for reckoning its origins and pathways of development as well as an authoritative account of the central debates and research issues of today.

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