Originally published in 1992. This provocative and controversial book calls for a critical analysis of the philosophical assumptions underpinning sociolinguistics. Going back to the philosophical roots of the study of language in society, it argues that they lie in the consensual attitude to society derived from eighteenth and nineteenth-century social thought. The leading figures in the field are challenged for their unequivocal acceptance of the sociological theory on which they draw. For researchers of language in society, this book emphasises the sociological rather than the linguistic side of the subject.
Foreword Joshua Fishman Preface. Introduction 1. Historical Antecedents 2. Parsonian Structural Functionalism 3. Speech Variation 4. Language Contact 5. Language Planning 6. Conversation Analysis 7. The Ethnography of Communication 8. Ethnolinguistic Vitality 9. Conclusion
Reissuing works originally published between 1978 and 1992, this collection includes books across the span of sociolinguistics, from its theory and philosophy to specific language change study. This small set will be of benefit to sociology and linguistics but also to psychology, media and communication, education and development studies.