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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 4Rev Ed edition (3 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140289216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140289213
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Trudgill is currently Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is the author of: English Accents and Dialects (with Arthur Hughes); International English (with Jean Hannah); Applied Sociolinguistics; Language in the British Isles; The Dialects of England; The Sociolinguistics Reader (with Jenny Cheshire); and the Penguin books Bad Language (with Lars Andersson) and Introducing Language and Society. He lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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This is an excellent introduction to a fascinating and budding field. Sociolinguistics is basically the study of how language interacts with society, and how it varies within and between societies. It is perhaps the more modern version of dialectology, though dialectology is still around, and Trudgill has written several other books in that field. But he fully understands the differences, and his dual expertise makes some sections of the book more interesting.
This book is one of the most readable academic books that you could pick up, especially in linguistics. Trudgill introduces sociolinguistics in ten chapters which each focus on the way language is related to certain other generally social factors. These include social class, ethnic group, sex, context, nation and five others. Trudgill is British, and therefore many of his examples have to do with Britain: the variation of English and the Celtic languages. He does not neglect looking at other Englishes, however, and this will be a definite advantage for the reader in Britain. However, other readers will not suffer, as his examples are clearly explained. Besides English and the Celtic languages of the British Isles, he also discusses countless other languages, raising interesting points and illustrating them with nice examples.
If you read this book, you will soon become an expert in basic sociolinguistics. You will find yourself using many of these examples in conversation, almost feeling that they were your own. It's a great way to get started learning about the field, and it is accessible to those already in linguistics as well as the casual reader.
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Very concise and covered literally everything that I needed to reference for my degree in English Language. An essential purchase and I would recommend it to anyone studying in the field of Sociolinguistics.
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I'm a linguistics students and I wanted to know more about sociolinguistics as I don't have it in my courses. The book is very explanatory and easy to read. You don't need background knowledge.
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Very interesting book about language and it's place in society. I was set some chapters from this book as part of a teaching course, but ended up reading the while book.
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This book was an excellent introduction to the study of sociolinguistics and helped me on the way to a 1st in my university module. I would definatly suggest this book to others as it gives a broad spectrum of the sections covered. Arrived promptly and in great condition. Very happy indeed.
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A very good intro to this broad field of study. Trudgill makes the topic interesting, as he uses a wide range of examples to illustrate some of the main areas of Sociolinguistics.
Language and its usage effects the lives of everyone. If you want to see through the typical nonsence that people talk on the subject, get this book.
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