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LINGUIST List 23.2478

Thu May 24 2012

Books: What Is Sociolinguistics?: Van Herk

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>


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Date: 23-May-2012
From: Kristen Holding <kholdingwiley.com>
Subject: What Is Sociolinguistics?: Van Herk
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Title: What Is Sociolinguistics?
Series Title: LAWZ - Linguistics in the World
Published: 2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
                http://www.wiley.com

Book URL: http://www.wiley.com/remtitle.cgi?1405193182

Author: Gerard Van Herk
Electronic: ISBN: 9781444356960 Pages: 296 Price: U.S. $ 22.99
Hardback: ISBN: 1405193190 9781405193191 Pages: 262 Price: U.S. $ 89.95
Paperback: ISBN: 1405193182 9781405193184 Pages: 262 Price: U.S. $ 34.95
Abstract:

"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.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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