Sociolinguistics Table of contents 1. Regional Dialectology; 3. Social Dialectolog; 4. Language Variation and Chang; 5.
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Reviews The book covers all of the main areas of sociolinguistics in a highly accessible and engaging way. It is also clearly written and informative, with up-to-date examples and material.
The accessibility and clarity of this volume mean that it is ideal for students new to the subject. It is very accessible for students, including the layout, the funny cartoons and the summary sections at the end of each chapter. Students tell me that they like it very much. The authors ensure the book is more globally inclusive than many textbooks, with Mesthrie and Deumert bringing a southern hemisphere African and Australian sensibility, Joan Swann a European outlook and William Leap an American perspective An excellent coursebook It is highly recommended especially for the teacher-researching readership of this journal.
In all cases, core information is presented in a lucid way that makes the textbook perfect for an introductory course. The use of numerous research examples serves to illustrate methodological approaches related to each dimension of sociolinguistics as well as major findings. Furthermore, examples are drawn from sociolinguistic research throughout the world, which makes this a wonderful survey text. Students are provided with rich information about a variety of contexts, deepening their knowledge of language situations worldwide.
The numerous figures and maps are also excellent. Hult, University of Texas at San Antonio Although it joins a distinguished set of textbooks designed to cover much of the same content published in recent years, IS stands outs as unique from other introductory-level sociolinguistics texts for two reasons.
First, it was developed by a team of co-authors currently situated in South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom, which means the book tends to focus on discussion and presentation drawn from a broader variety of research perspectives than other texts tend to use. Second, in defining the term sociolinguistics, the authors ultimately draw on a definition that includes aspects of both variationist sociolinguistics and the sociology of language.
Although other textbooks typically include one or two chapters dedicated to the sociology of language as a way of attempting to include material drawn from this research paradigm, IS utilizes this expanded definition throughout the text, and this joint perspective makes for a distinctive and novel presentation of the material Overall, IS is a wonderful introductory textbook, and one that will be a welcome addition to the syllabi of instructors teaching advanced undergraduate courses in sociolinguistics and the sociology of language.