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The SAGE Handbook of Sociolinguistics

The SAGE Handbook of Sociolinguistics

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September 2010 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"A treasure trove for sociolinguistic researchers and students alike. Edited by three leading sociolinguists, the 39 chapters cover a wealth of valuable material... And the cast list reads like a veritable Who's Who of sociolinguistics, with a refreshing number of younger scholars included along with more familiar, well-established names... This is a book that I will reach for often, both for research and teaching purposes. I will recommend it to my postgraduate students, and many of the chapters will provide excellent material for discussion in our advanced undergraduate sociolinguistics course."
- Janet Holmes
, Discourse Studies

"The best, the most complete and the most integrated handbook of sociolinguistics of the past decade."
- Joshua A. Fishman, NYU and Stanford University

This Handbook answers a long-standing need for an up-to-date, comprehensive, international, in-depth critical survey of the history, trajectory, data, results and key figures involved in sociolinguistics. It consists of six inter-linked sections:

  • The History of Sociolinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics and Social Theory
  • Language, Variation and Change
  • Interaction
  • Multilingualism and Contact
  • Applications

The result is a work of unprecedented coverage and insight. It is all here, from the foundational contributions to the field to the impact of new media, new technologies of communication, globalization, trans-border fluidities and agendas of research.

The book will quickly be recognized as a benchmark in the field. It will provide a basis for reckoning its origins and pathways of development as well as an authoritative account of the central debates and research issues of today.

Ruth Wodak, Barbara Johnstone and Paul Kerswill
Bernard Spolsky
Ferguson and Fishman: Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language
Kirk Hazen
Labov: Language Variation and Change
Gabrielle Ivinson
Bernstein: Codes and Social Class
Barbara Johnstone and William M. Marcellino
Dell Hymes and the Ethnography of Communication
Cynthia Gordon
Gumperz and Interactional Sociolinguistics
Christine Mallinson
Social Stratification
Anthea Irwin
Social Constructionism
Shari Kendall
Symbolic Interactionism, Erving Goffman, and Sociolinguistics
Robert Garot and Tim Berard
Ethnomethodology and Membership Categorization Analysis
José Antonio Flores Farfán and Anna Holzscheiter
The Power of Discourse and the Discourse of Power
Stef Slembrouck
Globalization Theory and Migration
Paul Kockelman
Semiotics Interpretants, Inference, and Intersubjectivity
Norma Mendoza-Denton
Individuals and Communities
Robin Dodsworth
Social Class
Eva Vetter
Social Network
Paul Kerswill
Sociolinguistic Approaches to Language Change: Phonology
Peter Trudgill
Social Structure, Language Contact and Language Change
Gregory R. Guy
Sociolinguistics and Formal Linguistics
Tore Kristiansen
Attitudes, Ideology and Awareness
Terttu Nevalainen
Historical Sociolinguistics
Walt Wolfram
Fieldwork Methods in Language Variation
Helga Kotthoff
Sociolinguistic Potentials of Face-to-Face Interaction
Florian Menz
Doctor-Patient Communication
Luisa Martín Rojo
Discourse and Schools
Susan Ehrlich
Courtroom Discourse
Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen and Diana Slade
Analysing Conversation
Alexandra Georgakopoulou
Narrative Analysis
Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou
Gender and Interaction
Brigitta Busch, Petra Pfisterer
Interaction and the Media
Mark Sebba
Societal Bilingualism
Peter Auer
Anne-Claude Berthoud and Georges Lüdi
Language Policy and Planning
Julia Sallabank
Language Endangerment
Alastair Pennycook
Global Englishes
Malcolm Coulthard, Tim Grant and Krzysztof Kredens
Forensic Linguistics
Constant Leung
Language Teaching and Language Assessment
Marlis Hellinger
Guidelines for Non-Discriminatory Language Use
Ingrid Piller and Kimie Takahashi
Language, Migration and Human Rights
David Barton and Carmen Lee
Literacy Studies

I considered using The Handbook of Sociolinguistics as one of recommended / suplementary readings for my English for Academic or Specific courses at the University Language Centre of the Ruhr-University in Bochum.

The book as such proves to be very useful for course teacher(s) when designing the curriculum and actual course materials, will however be far too detailed and specific for students in the course in question.

Awareness of sociolinguistic aspects, above all of multilingualism and interaction within EAP / ESP characteristic features, is crucial for their proper implementation in further academic and professional careers, should nevertheless be enhanced with more practical and task-based publications / materials. Moreover, my worry is that the Handbook does not cater for the needs of mixed-ability classes, with participants coming from various academic backgrounds (engineering, science, humanities etc.) - the case we have here at RUB Language Centre. Students with limited or no linguistics background may find it difficult to work with the Handbook.

Ms Anna Soltyska
Zentrum fuer Fremdsprachenausbildung ZFA, Ruhr University Bochum
May 14, 2013

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