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Introducing Sociolinguistics [Paperback]

Miriam Meyerhoff
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3 Feb 2011 0415550068 978-0415550062 2

This second edition of Miriam Meyerhoff’s highly successful textbook is supported by the Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader and online resources common to both books. It provides a solid, up-to-date appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field covering foundation issues, recent advances and current debates. It presents familiar or classic data in new ways, and supplements 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.

New features of the second edition:

  • a wider range of approaches to politeness theory incorporating an international range of research
  • expanded sections on multi-lingualism and code-switching, social class, dialect contact and tracking change over time 
  • linkage to the new Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader which can be used alongside this textbook, allowing students to supplement and build on material covered in the textbook.
  • a shared website serving both Reader and Textbook which includes web- and video-links, interactive exercises and an expanded online glossary at:
  • a refreshed text design to assist navigation through textbook and reader.

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: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415550068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415550062
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘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

‘Authoritative, yet open-minded, innovative yet touches all the bases that need to be touched. It embodies a passion for sociolinguistics that I hope many readers will embrace.’ – David Britain, University of Essex, UK

‘A great book … easy to read and by far the most easily accessible introductory text for sociolinguistics.’ – Nanna Haug Hilton, Centre for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen 



About the Author

Miriam Meyerhoff has taught sociolinguistics in places as diverse as New Zealand, Hawai'i, the mainland United States, Vanuatu and Scotland. She has consulted on sociolinguistic issues for the print and broadcast media and published books and articles on language variation, language and gender, and language contact. She is currently Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, comprehensive read 18 Aug 2011
This book is a fantastic resource for anyone studying a sociolinguistics course, or even those just interested in it. There's a lot of information, but it's not overwhelming; Meyerhoff writes engagingly without skimping on depth. The tie-ins with the website and the reader are also great if you feel like reading a little more widely. Seriously recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction 21 Mar 2014
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I needed this book for my course at university, and it's definitely delivered. It covers all the basic topics of sociolinguistics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Fast delivery! 6 Dec 2011
Book arrived shortly after I ordered. In a really good condition. A really good book on introducing sociolinguistics. Gives you the basic yet necessary theories and concepts on it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle Version did not properly format the text correctly ... 15 Sep 2014
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The Kindle Version did not properly format the text correctly. Whenever there is a text box regarding a side note (usually at the bottom or top of the page), Kindle would insert it improperly between the text (especially between sentences), causing much confusion when reading the text. The actual text includes formatting (such as text box borders) that is not available on the Kindle version. If I learned anything, it's to never buy a textbook for Kindle. Get an actual PDF or physical copy.
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Very helpful with linguistics homework assignments and studying for exams, I recommend you get this book if you are talking a linguistics course
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 26 Feb 2014
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The title of this review pretty much summarizes it. Assumes the competency of the reader enough to be fairly technical, but does not go over his/her head with unnecessary academic jargon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad but not satisfied 9 Feb 2013
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the first page is kind of seperated from the rest...It's not convenient for reading...But in general the condition is good..
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