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Introducing Sociolinguistics [Paperback]

Miriam Meyerhoff
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11 Aug 2006 0415399483 978-0415399487 New Ed

'Here is a welcome introduction to sociolinguistics by a leading researcher in the field. Users will be inspired by the breadth and sweep of Meyerhoff's treatment.' – William Labov, University of Pennsylvania, USA

'Miriam Meyerhoff’s entertaining volume revels in the diversity that is the cornerstone of sociolinguistics – she takes us to every continent to provide contemporary, refreshing and engaging examples of the key concepts of the discipline, and does so in a well-paced and readable style. The book is authoritative yet open-minded, innovative yet touches all the bases that need to be touched. Most of all, it embodies a passion for sociolinguistics that I hope many readers will embrace.' – David Britain, University of Essex, UK 

This key text provides a solid, up-to-date appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field. It covers foundation issues, recent advances and current debates – presenting familiar or classic data in new ways, and supplementing the familiar with fresh examples from a wide range of languages and social settings. It clearly explains the patterns and systems that underlie language variation in use, as well as the ways in which alternations between different language varieties index personal style, social power and national identity.

Individual chapters cover:

  • social dialects and individual style
  • language attitudes
  • politeness
  • multilingualism and language choice
  • real time and apparent time change in language
  • social class, social networks and communities of practice
  • gender
  • language and dialect contact.

Each chapter includes exercises that enable readers to engage critically with the text, break out boxes making connections between sociolinguistics and linguistic or social theory, and brief, lively add-ons guaranteed to make the book a memorable and enjoyable read. With a full glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading, this text gives students all the tools they need for an excellent command of sociolinguistics.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (11 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415399483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415399487
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 18.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This volume offers a fresh, hands-on, practical approach to presenting the basics of sociolinguistics...each chapter offers further readings, and usefully, Meyerhoff also adds a one-line essence of each suggested source. I unhesitatingly recommend this book to everyone wishing an entertaining, very readable and easy-to-process sociolinguistic introduction."

--Gergely Toth, Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis, Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall 2008

About the Author

Miriam Meyerhoff has lived and taught in New Zealand, Hawai'i, the mainland United Stages, Vanuatu and Scotland. Her main research interests lie in the study of language and gender, and in studies of language contact, especially the creole languages of the Pacific and Caribbean. She is an active researcher and contributor to both fields. She served as secretary for the International Gender and Language Association and has been a member of the LSA's Committee on the Status of Women, and from 2006 has been co-editor for the Creole Language Library. She is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and goes well with the reader 20 Aug 2013
By Linda
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Really good book in the area of sociolinguistics. Covers all aspects of the discipline and can be used with the reader (purchased and reviewed the reader also).

Required reading in Linguistic module 'Sociolinguistics' but extremely useful resource for other areas as one can apply learning. covers areas in variation/language attitudes/multilingualism and gender.
Useful for practical application in teaching etc. and for academic research or if you are interested in the area for a general read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An acceptable introduction 4 Mar 2011
By Victoria Munro - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides a basic overview of the field of sociolinguistics. The biggest problem with the book is that it is a very basic textbook. It would only be suitable if it is supplemented with actual journal articles. I believe it is intended primarily as an undergraduate textbook, but I think even undergraduate students are capable of handling a more detailed approach to sociolinguistics. I also get the feeling that the book is talking down to me, like I'm not advanced to enough to really understand what's going on. The book tries to make use of putting interesting facts in boxes and that type of thing, but a lot of times it doesn't work and just ends up seeming trite. One of the features that I did really like was that definitions of new words were put in margins. This aided comprehension and it great for studying. It also gave the book the advantage of having large margins because many pages use none or only a little of the space for definitions. This is great for a textbook because there's lots of room to write comments or questions in the margins, which is a good tool for active reading. Overall, I'd say the book is accurate but very basic. I think there are probably better textbooks out there. It's also definitely a textbook, so if you want a basic book on sociolinguistics just to read, I wouldn't choose this one.
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