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Sociolinguistics
Theoretical Debates

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Nikolas Coupland, Michael Silverstein, Penelope Eckert, Alexandra Jaffe, Susan Gal, Monica Heller, Alexandre Duchêne, Helen Kelly-Holmes, Mary Bucholtz, Kira Hall, Alastair Pennycook, David Britain, Jan Blommaert, Sari Pietikainen, Jannis Androutsopoulos, Ben Rampton, Lionel Wee, Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, Diana Eades, Allan Bell, Barbara Johnstone
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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107062283

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  • Sociolinguistics is a dynamic field of research that explains the role and function of language in social life. This book offers the most substantial account available of the core contemporary ideas and arguments in sociolinguistics, with an emphasis on innovation and change. Bringing together original writing by more than twenty of the field's most influential international thinkers and researchers, this is an indispensable guide to the newest and most searching ideas about language in society. For researchers and advanced students it gives access to the field's most pressing issues and debates, as well as providing a platform for new initiatives in sociolinguistic research.

    • A landmark publication representing the newest and most distinctive ideas and arguments in sociolinguistics
    • Brings together some of the field's leading thinkers and researchers, bringing key ideas and perspectives into dialogue with one another
    • Explores relationships within sociolinguistics, but also between sociolinguistics and its neighbouring disciplines, enabling readers to reassess the boundaries around sociolinguistics: what it is, what it does, how it has changed, and how it continues to change
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    'This collection is clearly aimed at readers who already have a solid foundation in modern sociolinguistics and as such will likely stimulate new research directions. It should also prove useful to students of semiotics or linguistic historiography.' E. J. Vajda, Choice

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    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107062283
    • length: 471 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: sociolinguistic theory and the practice of sociolinguistics Nikolas Coupland
    Part I. Theorising Social Meaning:
    2. The 'push' of Lautgesetze, the 'pull' of enregisterment Michael Silverstein
    3. Variation, meaning, and social change Penelope Eckert
    4. Indexicality and ethnography Alexandra Jaffe
    5. Sociolinguistic differentiation Susan Gal
    Part II. Language, Markets and Materiality:
    6. Treating language as an economic resource: discourse, data and debate Monica Heller and Alexandre Duchêne
    7. Theorizing the market in sociolinguistics Helen Kelly-Holmes
    8. Embodied sociolinguistics Mary Bucholtz and Kira Hall
    Part III. Sociolinguistics, Place and Mobility:
    9. Mobile times, mobile terms: the trans-super-poly-metro movement Alastair Pennycook
    10. Sedentarism and nomadism in the sociolinguistics of dialect David Britain
    11. From mobility to complexity in sociolinguistic theory and method Jan Blommaert
    Part IV. Power, Mediation and Critical Sociolinguistics:
    12. Critical debates: discourse, boundaries and social change Sari Pietikainen
    13. Theorizing media, mediation and mediatization Jannis Androutsopoulos
    14. Foucault, Gumperz and governmentality: interaction, power and subjectivity in the twenty-first century Ben Rampton
    Part V. Sociolinguistics, Contexts and Impact:
    15. Are there zombies in language policy? Theoretical interventions and the continued vitality of (apparently) defunct concepts Lionel Wee
    16. Quantitative sociolinguistics and sign languages: implications for sociolinguistic theory Ceil Lucas and Robert Bayley
    17. Theorising language in sociolinguistics and the law: (how) can sociolinguistics have an impact on inequality in the criminal justice process? Diana Eades
    Part VI. The Evolution of Sociolinguistic Theory:
    18. Succeeding waves: seeking sociolinguistic theory for the twenty-first century Allan Bell
    19. Language theory in twenty-first-century sociolinguistics: beyond Dell Hymes? Barbara Johnstone
    20. Five Ms for sociolinguistic change Nikolas Coupland.

  • Editor

    Nikolas Coupland, University of Wales College of Cardiff
    Nikolas Coupland is an elected Fellow of both the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has published more than 20 books and more than 150 articles and chapters on wide-ranging aspects of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. His volume The Handbook of Language and Globalization (2010) was the winner of the annual British Association for Applied Linguistics Book Prize.

    Contributors

    Nikolas Coupland, Michael Silverstein, Penelope Eckert, Alexandra Jaffe, Susan Gal, Monica Heller, Alexandre Duchêne, Helen Kelly-Holmes, Mary Bucholtz, Kira Hall, Alastair Pennycook, David Britain, Jan Blommaert, Sari Pietikainen, Jannis Androutsopoulos, Ben Rampton, Lionel Wee, Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, Diana Eades, Allan Bell, Barbara Johnstone

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