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Description - A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics by Joan Swann

This comprehensive dictionary of the field of sociolinguistics, should be a valuable reference for students and teachers of sociolinguistics, others concerned with the socially-oriented study of language and those with a professional interest in language. Entries are concise, the style is reader-friendly and numerous cross-references enable readers to follow up links to related terms and concepts. Sociolinguistics is characterized by increasing heterogeneity, and students are faced with a proliferation of theories, concepts and terminology. This is sometimes a minefield, with similar terms used rather differently within different academic traditions. The dictionary provides a broad coverage of sociolinguistics, including macro- and micro-sociolinguistics and a range of approaches within variationist, interactional, critical and applied traditions. In explaining sociolinguistic terminology, the dictionary is able to map out the traditions and approaches that comprise sociolinguistics and should thus help readers find their way around this fascinating but complex subject. The authors have taught and researched widely across different areas of sociolinguistics. They also draw on their experience of working in different geographical areas, including the USA, UK and Europe, Australia, southern Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748616909
ISBN-10: 074861690X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Joan Swann

Joan Swann is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication in the School of Education at the Open University, UK. Ana Deumert is Associate Professor in the Linguistics Section, Department of English, University of Cape Town. Theresa Lillis is a member of the Centre for Language and Communications at the Open University, UK. Rajend Mesthrie is Professor of Linguistics in the English Department at the University of Cape Town.