An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics, Hardback Book

An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics Hardback

Part of the Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language series


Designed for beginning undergraduates studying for degrees in English, this textbook provides an introduction to a range of sociolinguistic theories and the insights they provide for a greater understanding of varieties of English, past and present.

Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociolinguistic variation, the book provides a systematic overview such topics as: *'English' as a social and as a linguistic concept *English speech communities *Social and regional dialectology in relation to varieties of English *English historical sociolinguistics, from Old English to late Modern English *Sociolinguistics and change in English *Outcomes of contact involving varieties of English *English and language planning *English, sociolinguistics and linguistic theory.

The book contains data drawn from studies of English as it is used around the world.

Throughout, there is an emphasis on facilitating a deeper understanding of linguistic variation in English and the social, political and cultural contexts in which speakers and writers of English operate.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 168 pages, 4 halftones, 2 maps
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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  • Category: Sociolinguistics
  • ISBN: 9780748623242

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