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A Resource Book for Students, 1st Edition

By Peter Stockwell


272 pages

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Paperback: 9780415401272
pub: 2007-10-30
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Hardback: 9780415401265
pub: 2007-11-15

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  • provides a comprehensive introduction to sociolinguistics
  • draws on a range of real texts, from an interview with Madonna to the Japanese Asahi Evening News
  • uses real studies designed and conducted by students
  • provides key readings with commentaries from works by major internationally known authors such as Norman Fairclough, Deborah Cameron, Braj Kachru, Jennifer Coates, Mark Sebba, and Malcolm Coulthard
  • is accompanied by a supporting website.

New to this edition:

  • an entire new section on forensic linguistics
  • additional material on language and gender, conversation analysis and spoken discourse
  • comprehensively updated exercises, readings and references.

The accompanying website to this book can be found at:

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction: Key Concepts in Sociolinguistics 1. A Sociolinguistic Toolkit 2. Accent and Dialect 3. Register and Style 4. Ethnicity and Multilingualism 5. Variation and Change 6. Standardisation 7. Gender 8. Pidgins and Creoles 9. New, National and International Englishes 10. Politeness and Accommodation 11. Conversation 12. Applying Sociolinguistics Part 2: Development: Studies in Language and Society 1. Undertaking a Sociolinguistic Study 2. Attitudes to Accent Variation 3. Euphemism, Register and Code 4. Code-Switching 5. Social Networks 6. Shifts in Prestige 7. Genderlects 8. Patwa and Post-Creolisation 9. Singlish and New Englishes 10. Politeness in Mixed-Sex Conversation 11. Phatics in Spoken Discourse 12. Language and Ideology Part 3: Exploration: Data for Investigation 1. Collecting and Exploring Data 2. Dialectal Variation 3. Register 4. Ethnology 5. Perceptions of Variation 6. Prestige 7. Gender 8. Creole 9. New English 10. Politeness 11. E-Discourse 12. Critical Discourse Analysis Part 4: Extension 1. Sociolinguistics and Language Change 2. Foreign Accents in America 3. Style and Ideology 4. Language Contact and Code-Switching 5. The Sociolinguist’s Responsibility 6. The Process of Standardisation 7. Men’s Language 8. The Origins of Pidgins and Creoles 9. World Englishes and Contact Literature 10. The Politics of Talk 11. Closing Turns 12. Linguistic Detection. Further Reading. References. Glossarial Index

About the Author

Peter Stockwell is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham and the author of many books and academic articles in the fields of literature and language, sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, language and cognition, surrealism and literary theory. Peter is the editor of the Routledge English Language Introductions series.

About the Series

Routledge English Language Introductions

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of English language study and are one-stop resources for students.
Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume.
The innovative and flexible 'two-way' structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.
Each book in the series has a companion website with extra resources for teachers, lecturers and students.
Visit the series website at: for more information and to explore.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General