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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074863844X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748638444
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an excellent book, especially for undergraduate students. The information is presented in a 'digestible' form, and the book isn't as constrained by the more traditional US or UK approaches to sociolinguistics and is therefore more applicable to other cultures. -- Dr Heinz Kreutz, Monash University The book covers all of the main areas of sociolinguistics in a highly accessible and engaging way. It is also clearly written and informative, with up-to-date examples and material. The accessibility and clarity of this volume mean that it is ideal for students new to the subject. At the same time, it is sufficiently detailed and theoretically driven to allow more advanced students to use it as a resource/reference when completing specialised projects or applied assignments. Finally, the real-life examples and practical exercises are both a means of engaging students and an extremely useful teaching/seminar aid. -- Dr Karyn Stapleton, University of Ulster at Jordanstown This is an excellent book. It is very comprehensive, covering topics which are not covered or are marginalised in 'traditional' sociolinguistics texts. -- Dr Mark Sebba, Lancaster University I'm using your textbook in my undergraduate sociolinguistics course and it's wonderful. It's a pleasure to have a book that not only reads well but has international coverage and an approach that I agree with. -- Professor Penelope Eckert, Stanford University The book provides outstanding coverage of the major dimensions of sociolinguistics. In all cases, core information is presented in a lucid way that makes the textbook perfect for an introductory course. The use of numerous research examples serves to illustrate methodological approaches related to each dimension of sociolinguistics as well as major findings. Furthermore, examples are drawn from sociolinguistic research throughout the world, which makes this a wonderful survey text. Students are provided with rich information about a variety of contexts, deepening their knowledge of language situations worldwide. The numerous figures and maps are also excellent. -- Dr Francis M. Hult, University of Texas at San Antonio This is a fabulous book and I have used it now for two academic years. It is a great compilation of all the classic sociolinguistic studies over the past 40+ years. It is very accessible for students, including the layout, the funny cartoons and the summary sections at the end of each chapter. Students tell me that they like it very much. --Dr Cathy Finlay, Queen's University Belfast

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Rajend Mesthrie is Professor of Linguistics in the English Department at the University of Cape Town. Joan Swann is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication in the School of Education at the Open University, UK. Ana Deumert is Associate Professor in the Linguistics Section, Department of English, University of Cape Town. William Leap is Professor of Anthropology at the American University, Washington DC.

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This was on my collage syllabus so you would think it would be one of those old, boring, what-the-H-are-you-talking-about kind of books, right?

Wrong. It's actually one of my favorite books now, I love reading parts of it here and there when I have some spare time because it really is interesting and the way it's written makes you actually want to know more and learn. It even uses Snape as an example!

Even if you don't need it for class but you're interested in linguistics, I would say go for it.
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By Al on 19 Nov. 2013
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This was a set text for a course, and it is a very sound introduction to sociolinguistics, with good explanations and lots of references for further reading.
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By tommy on 25 Nov. 2012
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My copy smells like couscous, which I find is a rare feature of a book; nevertheless one that I thoroughly endorse.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melibu on 21 Oct. 2010
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For my second year of university I am required to study this topic. With previous knowledge of both sociology and linguistics I thought it would be interesting to combine the two.

Everyone in my class were asked to purchase this book as the core text for the entire year; and while the book boasted to be simple and concise introduction about the subject of sociolinguistics I found it to be oversimplified in places that needed more detail, and the complete opposite in places where only a simple explanation was required. To add to that the information was not easily accessible and seemed to jump back and forth between topics, which is not something I would normally expect from a book that claims to be for people for with no prior knowledge of the subject.

After an hour of reading through one of the chapters in great detail, I searched the same topic and within five minutes of reading on Wikipedia found myself with a better understanding of the key terms and ideas that were scattered about the book.
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