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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 6th Edition

October 2009, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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This comprehensive new edition of Wardhaugh’s textbook incorporates additional study features and numerous new and updated references to bring the book completely up-to-date, whilst maintaining the features that made the book so popular with lecturers and students: accessible coverage of a wide range of issues, clearly written, and with useful student study features.
  • A fully revised new edition of Ronald Wardhaugh’s popular introduction to sociolinguistics, which now includes over 150 new and updated references and new study features throughout
  • Features new “Explorations” sections in each chapter incorporating suggested readings, discussion sections, and exercises – all designed to encourage students to develop their own skills and ideas
  • Reflects new developments in the field, providing greater focus on ideas such as identity, solidarity, and markedness
  • Provides balanced coverage of a range of topics, including: language dialects, pidgins and Creoles, codes, bilingualism, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning
  • Comprehensive and accessible, it is the ideal introduction for students coming to sociolinguistics for the first time
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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction

Knowledge of Language

Variation

Language and Society

Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language

Methodological Concerns

Overview

Further Reading

Part I: Languages and Communities:

2. Languages, Dialects, and Varieties

Language or Dialect?

Standardization

Regional Dialects

Social Dialects

Styles, Registers, and Beliefs

Further Reading

3. Pidgins and Creoles

Lingua Francas

Definitions

Distribution and Characteristics

Origins

From Pidgin to Creole and Beyond

Further Reading

4. Codes

Diglossia

Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Code-Switching

Accommodation

Further Reading

5. Speech Communities

Definitions

Intersecting Communities

Networks and Repertoires

Further Reading

Part II: Inherent Variety:

6. Language Variation

Regional Variation

The Linguistic Variable

Social Variation

Data Collection and Analysis

Further Reading

7. Some Findings and Issues

An Early Study

New York City

Norwich and Reading

A Variety of Studies

Belfast

Controversies

Further Reading

8. Change

The Traditional View

Some Changes in Progress

The Process of Change

Further Reading

Part III: Words at Work:

9. Words and Culture

Whorf

Kinship

Taxonomies

Color

Prototypes

Taboo and Euphemism

Further Reading

10. Ethnographies

Varieties of Talk

The Ethnography of Speaking

Ethnomethodology

Further Reading

11. Solidarity and Politeness

Tu and Vous

Address Terms

Politeness

Further Reading

12. Talk and Action

Speech Acts

Cooperation

Conversation

Further Reading

Part IV: Understanding and Intervening:

13. Gender

Differences

Possible Explanations

Further Reading

14. Disadvantage

Codes Again

African American English

Consequences for Education

Further Reading

15. Planning

Issues

A Variety of Situations

Further Examples

Winners and Losers

Further Reading

16. Conclusion

References

Index

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Ronald Wardhaugh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of a number of books, including Proper English (1998) and Understanding English Grammar (second edition, 2003), both published by Wiley-Blackwell.
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  • Features new “Explorations” sections in each chapter - designed to encourage students to develop their own skills and ideas - alongside suggested readings, and exercises
  • Over 150 new and updated references to bring the book completely up-to-date
  • Greater focus on ideas of identity, solidarity, and markedness throughout the book, reflecting new developments in the field
See More
  • A comprehensive and fully revised new edition of Wardhaugh’s popular textbook, incorporating additional study features and over 150 new and updated references to bring the book completely up-to-date
  • Maintains the features that made this book so popular with lecturers and students: accessible coverage of a wide range of issues, clear writing, and useful case studies
  • Reflects new developments in the field, providing greater focus on ideas of identity, solidarity, and markedness
  • Features new “Explorations” sections in each chapter - designed to encourage students to develop their own skills and ideas - alongside suggested readings, and exercises 
  • Provides  balanced coverage of a range of topics, including: language dialects, pidgins and Creoles, codes, bilingualism, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning
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"Comprehensively, the book provides a rich source of overviews of the field of sociolinguistics that will undoubtedly afford researchers and students in the area insightful knowledge evoking additional future dialogue and research." (LINGUIST List, December 2010)

Praise for Previous Editions

“The standard text in advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate courses” (Language)

“Among the various introductions to sociolinguistics, this one certainly stands out in its comprehensiveness… it offers a wealth of relevant and correct information” (Sociolinguistica)

"In this revised and updated edition of his classic text, Wardaugh brings us a smartly revitalized presentation, including up to the minute, current advances in sociolinguistics. While An Introduction to Sociolinguistics retains its comprehensive coverage and accessible style, it also presents students with a contemporary text that is sure to spark interest in the discipline."
–Alexandra D’Arcy, University of Canterbury

"Wardhaugh has long provided teachers and introductory students with a clear yet challenging introductory textbook that is prized by all who value broad understanding of the full scope of sociolinguistic study. This latest edition once again ensures that readers are up-to-date in even the most rapidly advancing areas of research, including language and identity and language and gender. In addition, it offers enhanced reader engagement through the inclusion of thought-provoking questions and hands-on exercises generously distributed throughout each chapter. Wardhaugh has long been a staple in my introductory sociolinguistics classes, and the text is now even more indespensible than ever."
–Natalie Schilling-Estes, Georgetown University

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