3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Unprofessional and unhelpful,
This review is from: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Learning About Language) (Paperback)
It was with a growing sense of unease that I made my way through Holmes's book, and for one simple reason: references are completely missing. Throughout the book, Holmes introduces countless examples taken from other researchers, and hardly ever mentions from whom the research is taken. If this book was presented at my university as an academic work, it would be disqualified because of plagiarism. As it is intended as a course book, the rules are a bit more relaxes so I will "just" call it very unhelpful. The reader who gets interested in any of the examples Holmes introduces will have no chance to go the actual source, as Holmes never bothers to give it. I've read literally hundreds of academic books and never once come across one that is as sloppy as this one. There are many better introductions to sociolinguistics available, such as Wardhaugh's book by the same name. It's somewhat denser, but at least it gives the credit where credit is due.