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Title: What Is Sociolinguistics?
Written By: Gerard Van Herk
URL: http://www.wiley.com/remtitle.cgi?1405193182
Series Title: LAWZ - Linguistics in the World

"I'm sitting here in Newfoundland, in Canada, writing a book about
sociolinguistics, and you're out there somewhere, starting to read it. If
you were here and could hear me talk -- especially if you were Canadian,
especially if you had some training -- you could tell a lot about me. When
I speak English, most people can tell I'm North American (I pronounce
schedule with a [sk] sound), Canadian (I rhyme shone with gone, not bone),
and probably from Quebec (I keep my socks in a bureau). And if I was
wherever you are, I could probably tell a lot about your speech community
and where you fit into it. The fact that we can do this is one of the
things that interest sociolinguists..."

It's rare to encounter a textbook that one will want to read cover to
cover. But Gerard van Herk has written exactly that, introducing students
to the field of sociolinguistics as the best teachers do: with excitement,
humor, and deep knowledge. "What is Sociolinguistics?" is a tour through
the major issues that define the field, such as region, status, gender,
time, language attitudes, interaction, and style, while also exploring the
sociolinguistics of multilingualism, culture and ethnicity, language
contact, and education. The chapters contains useful and clear features
including: Numerous innovative exercises; Spotlighted research, where
the author introduces some key concepts discussed in foundational research
and offers suggestions for reading the primary literature; Further
readings, glossary terms, chapter summaries, and text boxes that explore
introduced concepts in greater depth for interested students; and "The
Companion Website for Instructors" has PowerPoint slides for each chapter
with suggestions for framing class discussions and exercises, further
examples on concepts discussed in the book, tips on additional readings to
bring in, and ready-to-go slides for class presentation. "The Companion
Website for Students" includes links for every chapter from standard
sociolinguistic tools to links designed to spark discussion relevant to
each chapter, including video clips, oral histories, articles, and more.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781444356960
Pages: 296
Prices: U.S. $ 22.99
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ISBN-13: 9781405193191
Pages: 262
Prices: U.S. $ 89.95

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ISBN-13: 9781405193184
Pages: 262
Prices: U.S. $ 34.95