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Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction

John Edwards

25 July 2013

ISBN: 9780199858613

152 pages

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Very Short Introductions

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This Very Short Introduction deals with the social life of language, presenting a succinct account of the most important aspects - both "micro" and "macro" - of sociolinguistics, such as language variation, language attitudes, and the relationship between language and identity.

  • Acquaints the educated non-specialist with the social life of language
  • Offers the most up-to-date brief overview of sociolinguistics, in a nuanced approach which considers perspectives both historical and contemporary, "micro" and "macro," and the ways in which these intertwine
  • Addresses the social and political dynamics of names and naming, as well as questions about the relationship between language, gender, and religion

About the Author(s)

John Edwards, Professor of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University

John Edwards is professor of psychology at St. Francis Xavier University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and editor of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Chapter 1: Coming to Terms
    Chapter 2: Variation and Change
    Chapter 3: Perceptions of Language
    Chapter 4: Protecting Language
    Chapter 5: Languages Great and Small
    Chapter 6: Loyalty, Maintenance, Shift, Loss and Revival
    Chapter 7: In a World of Language
    Chapter 8: Name, Sex and Religion
    Further Reading