- 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)
Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society Paperback – 3 Aug 2000
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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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Everyone knows what is supposed to happen when two English people who have never met before come face to face in a train - they start talking about the weather. Read the first page
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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.
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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