An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics)

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9781405135597: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics)

This fully revised textbook is a new edition of Ronald Wardhaugh’s popular and accessible An Introduction to Sociolinguistics.



  • Provides an accessible, comprehensive introduction to sociolinguistics that reflects new developments in the field.
  • Fully revised, with 130 new and updated references to bring the book completely up-to-date.
  • Includes suggested readings, discussion sections, and exercises.
  • Features increased emphasis on issues of identity, solidarity, and power
  • Discusses topics such as language dialects, pidgins and creoles, codes, bilingualism, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning.
  • Designed for introductory and post-introductory students, and ideal for courses including introduction to sociolinguistics, aspects of sociolinguistics, and language and society.

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Book Description:

Nearly twenty years ago, Ronald Wardhaugh provided the world of sociolinguistics with a popular and accessible textbook for introductory students. Keeping in step with this ever-changing field, the fifth edition has been thoroughly revised with 130 new and updated references and increased emphasis on issues of identity, solidarity, and power. Extensive discussion topics and recommendations for further reading accompany each chapter and featured topics include: language dialects, pidgins and creoles, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning. This classic in the field assumes little previous knowledge of linguistics, anthropology, or sociology and may be used at an introductory level or as a supplementary text in higher-level courses.

About the Author:

Ronald Wardhaugh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. His recent work includes Proper English (Blackwell, 1998) and Understanding English Grammar (second edition, Blackwell, 2003).

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