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    This title is a new collection in the Routledge Critical Concepts in Linguistics series. In six volumes, it provides a critical synthesis of the key ideas, findings, methods, and approaches that make up the interdisciplinary field of sociolinguistics. It includes both classic texts and contemporary, state-of-the-art research, with a bias towards the latter. The editors aver that the collection ‘will stand as an articulation of "the New Sociolinguistics" as it is emerging through a sustained reflexive reassessment of the field which is now ongoing, set against a core of classic texts’. Fully indexed and with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editors, Sociolinguistics is an essential work of reference and is destined to be welcomed by scholars and students alike as a vital one-stop research resource.

    Volume I: The Sociolinguistics of Language Variation and Change

    Introduction (‘Sociolinguistics: Interdisciplinarity and Evolution’).

    1. J. K. Chambers, ‘Studying Language Variation: An Informal Language’, in J. K. Chambers, P. Trudgill, and N. Schilling-Estes (eds.), Handbook of Language Variation and Change (Blackwell, 2002), pp. 3–14.

    2. Gregory R. Guy, ‘The Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Variation’, in D. R. Preston (ed.), American Dialect Research (John Benjamins, 1993), pp. 223–49.

    3. William Labov, ‘The Social Motivation of a Sound Change’, Word, 19, 1963, 273–309.

    4. Renée Blake and Meredith Josey, ‘The /ay/ Diphthong in a Martha’s Vineyard Community: What Can We Say 40 Years after Labov?’, Language in Society, 32, 2003, 451–85.

    5. Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes, ‘On the Social Basis of Phonetic Resistance: The Shifting Status of Outer Banks’, in J. Arnold et al. (eds.), Sociolinguistic Variation: Data, Theory and Analysis (CSLI Publications, 1996), pp. 69–82.

    6. Paul Kerswill and Ann Williams, ‘New Towns and Koinéisation: Linguistic and Social Correlates’, Linguistics, 43, 5, 2005, 1023–48.

    7. David Britain, ‘Innovation Diffusion: "Estuary English" and Local Dialect Differentiation: The Survival of Fenland Englishes’, Linguistics, 43, 5, 2005, 995–1022.

    8. William Labov, ‘The Transmission Problem in Linguistic Change’, Principles of Linguistic Change: Social Factors (Blackwell, 2001), pp. 415–45.

    9. Lesley Milroy and James Milroy, ‘Social Network and Social Class: Towards an Integrated Sociolinguistic Model’, Language in Society, 21, 1992, 1–26.

    10. Jenny Cheshire, ‘Syntactic Variation and Beyond: Gender and Social Class Variation in the Use of Discourse-New Markers’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 9, 2005, 479–508.

    11. Penelope Eckert, ‘The Whole Woman: Sex and Gender Differences in Variation’, Language Variation and Change, 1, 1989, 245–67.

    12. Scott Fabius Kiesling, ‘Men’s Identities and Sociolinguistic Variation: The Case of Fraternity Men’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 2, 1998, 69–99.

    13. Allan Bell, ‘Language Style as Audience Design’, in N. Coupland and A. Jaworski (eds.), Sociolinguistics: A Reader and Coursebook (Palgrave, 1997), pp. 240–50.

    14. John R. Rickford and Faye McNair-Knox, ‘Addressee- and Topic-Influenced Style Shift: A Quantitative Sociolinguistic Study’, in D. Biber and E. Finegan (eds.), Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Register (Oxford University Press, 1994), pp. 235–76.

    15. Sally Tagliamonte and Chris Roberts, ‘So Weird; So Cool; So Innovative: The Use of Intensifiers in the Television Series Friends’, American Speech, 80, 2005, 3, 280–300.

    16. Barbara Johnstone, ‘Place, Globalization, and Linguistic Variation’, in C. Fought (ed.), Sociolinguistic Variation: Critical Reflections (Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 65–83.

    17. Deborah Cameron, ‘Demythologizing Sociolinguistics: Why language Does Not Reflect Society’, in J. E. Joseph and T. J. Taylor (eds.), Ideologies of Language (Routledge, 1990), pp. 79–93.

    Volume II: Subjective and Ideological Processes in Sociolinguistics

    18. Peter Trudgill, ‘Sex, Covert Prestige and Linguistic Change in the Urban British English of Norwich’, Language in Society, 1, 1972, 179–95.

    19. Nikolas Coupland and Hywel Bishop, ‘Ideologised Values for British Accents’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 11, 2007, 1, 74–93.

    20. Nancy Niedzielski and Dennis Preston, ‘Folk Linguistics’, in N. Coupland and A. Jaworski (eds.), The New Sociolinguistics Reader (Palgrave, 2009).

    21. Wallace E. Lambert, ‘A Social Psychology of Bilingualism’, Journal of Social Issues, 23, 2, 1967, 91–109.

    22. Rebecca Agheyisi and Joshua Fishman, ‘Language Attitude Studies: A Brief Survey of Methodological Approaches’, Anthropological Linguistics, 12, 1970, 137–57.

    23. Howard Giles, Richard Y. Bourhis, and Donald M. Taylor, ‘Towards a Theory of Language in Ethnic Group Relations’, in H. Giles (ed.), Language, Ethnicity and Intergroup Relations (Academic Press, 1977), pp. 307–48.

    24. Réal Allard and Rodrigue Landry, ‘Subjective Ethnolinguistic Vitality Viewed as a Belief System’, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 7, 1986, 1–12.

    25. Howard Giles and Patricia Johnson, ‘The Role of Language in Ethnic Group Relations’, in J. C. Turner and H. Giles (eds.), Intergroup Behaviour (Blackwell, 1981), pp. 199–243.

    26. Cynthia Gallois and Victor J. Callan, ‘Interethnic Accommodation: The Role of Norms’, in H. Giles, J. Coupland, and N. Coupland (eds.), Contexts of Accommodation: Developments in Applied Sociolinguistics (Cambridge University Press, 1991), pp. 245–69.

    27. Kathryn A. Woolard, ‘Language Ideology: Issues and Approaches’, Pragmatics, 2, 1992, 235–49.

    28. Rosina Lippi-Green, ‘Teaching Children How to Discriminate: What We Learn from the Big Bad Wolf’, in R. Lippi-Green, English with an Accent (Routledge, 1997), pp. 79–103.

    29. Judith T. Irvine and Susan Gal, ‘Language Ideology and Linguistic Differentiation’, in P. Kroskrity (ed.), Regimes of Language (School of American Research Press, 2000), pp. 35–83.

    30. Lesley Milroy, ‘The Social Categories of Race and Class: Language Ideology and Sociolinguistics’, in N. Coupland, S. Sarangi, and C. N. Candlin (eds.), Sociolinguistics and Social Theory (Longman, 2001), pp. 235–60.

    31. James Collins, ‘The Ebonics Controversy in Context: Literacies, Subjectivities, and Language Ideologies in the United States’, in J. Blommaert (ed.), Language-Ideological Debates (Mouton de Gruyter, 1999), pp. 201–34.

    Volume III: Interactional Sociolinguistics

    32. J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words (Oxford University Press, 1962) (extract).

    33. H. P. Grice, ‘Logic and Conversation’, in Peter Cole and Jerry L. Morgan (eds.), Syntax and Semantics (Academic Press, 1975), pp. 41–58.

    34. Erving Goffman, ‘Footing’, Forms of Talk (Basil Blackwell, 1981), pp. 124–57.

    35. Deidre Boden, ‘The World as it Happens: Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis’, in G. Ritzer (ed.), Frontiers of Social Theory: The New Synthesis (Columbia University Press, 1990), pp. 185–213.

    36. Derek Edwards, ‘Discourse, Cognition and Social Practices: The Rich Surface of Language and Social Interaction’, Discourse Studies, 8, 2006, 41–9.

    37. Harvey Sacks, ‘The Baby Cried. The Mommy Picked it Up’, Lectures on Conversation, ed. G. Jefferson (1992), pp. 243–51.

    38. Emmanuel A. Schegloff and Harvey Sacks, ‘Opening Up Closings’, Semiotica, 8, 4, 1973, 289–327.

    39. Harvey Sacks, Emmanuel A. Schegloff, and Gail Jefferson, ‘A Simplest Systematics for the Organization of Turn-Taking for Conversation’, Language, 50, 4, 1974, 696–735.

    40. Penelope Brown and Stephen C. Levinson, Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage (Cambridge University Press, 1987) (extract).

    41. Janet Holmes, ‘Politeness, Power and Provocation: How Humour Functions in the Workplace’, Discourse Studies, 2, 2, 2000, 159–85.

    42. Marjorie Harness Goodwin and Charles Goodwin, ‘Children’s Arguing’, in S. Philips, S. Steele, and C. Tanz (eds.), Language, Gender and Sex in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. 200–48.

    43. Jennifer Coates, ‘Gossip Revisited: Language in All-Female Groups’, in J. Coates and D. Cameron (eds.), Women in their Speech Communities (Longman, 1988), pp. 94–121.

    44. Justine Coupland and Adam Jaworski, ‘Transgression and Intimacy in Recreational Talk Narratives’, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 36, 1, 2003, 85–107.

    45. Nigel Edley and Margaret Wetherell, ‘Jockeying for Position: The Construction of Masculine Identities’, Discourse and Society, 8, 2, 1997, 203–17.

    46. Anna De Fina, ‘An Analysis of Spanish "Bien" as a Marker of Classroom Management in Teacher-Student Interaction’, Journal of Pragmatics, 28, 1997, 337–54.

    47. Deborah Tannen and Cynthia Wallat, ‘Interactive Frames and Knowledge Schemas in Interaction: Examples from a Medical Examination/Interview’, Social Psychology Quarterly, 50, 2, 1987, 205–16.

    Volume IV: The Sociolinguistics of Multilingualism

    48. Joshua Fishman, ‘Language, Ethnicity and Racism’, Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics (Georgetown University, 1977), pp. 297–309.

    49. Einar Haugen, ‘Dialect, Language, Nation’, American Anthropologist, 68, 1966, 922–35.

    50. Charles Ferguson, ‘Diglossia’, Word, 1959, 325–40.

    51. Jan-Petter Blom and John J. Gumperz, ‘Social Meaning in Linguistic Structures: Code-Switching in Norway’, in J. J. Gumperz and D. Hymes (eds.), Directions in Sociolinguistics (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1972), pp. 407–34.

    52. Peter Auer, ‘A Conversation Analytic Approach to Code-Switching and Transfer’, in M. Heller (ed.), Code-Switching: Anthropological and Sociolinguistic Perspectives (Mouton de Gruyter, 1988), pp. 187–214.

    53. Li Wei, ‘"What Do You Want Me to Say?" On the Conversational Analysis Approach to Bilingual Interaction’, Language in Society, 31, 2002, 159–80.

    54. Shana Poplack, ‘Sometimes I’ll Start a Sentence in Spanish y termino en español: Toward a Typology of Code-Switching’, Linguistics, 18, 1980, 581–618.

    55. Carol Myers-Scotton, ‘Code Switching as Indexical of Social Negotiations’, in M. Heller (ed.), Codeswitching: Anthropological and Sociolinguistic Perspectives (Mouton de Gruyter, 1988), pp. 151–86.

    56. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Robert Phillipson, ‘Linguistic Human Rights, Past and Present’, in T. Skutnabb-Kangas and R. Phillipson (eds.), Linguistic Human Rights: Overcoming Linguistic Discrimination (Mouton de Gruyter, 1995), pp. 71–110.

    57. Nancy Dorian, ‘Western Language Ideologies and Small-Language Prospects’, in L. Grenoble and L. Whaley (eds.), Endangered Languages: Language Loss and Community Response (Cambridge University Press, 1998), pp. 3–21.

    58. Suresh Canagarajah, ‘Dilemmas in Planning English/Vernacular Relations in Post-Colonial Communities’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 9, 3, 2005, 418–47.

    59. Alexandra Jaffe, ‘Corsican on the Airwaves: Media Discourse in a Context of Minority Language Shift’, in S. Johnson and A. Enslin (eds.), Language in the Media (Continuum, 1998), pp. 149–72.

    60. Aneta Pavlenko, ‘How am I to Become a Woman in an American Vein?: Transformations of Gender Performance in Second Language Learning’, in A. Pavlenko et al. (eds.), Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, and Gender (Mouton de Gruyter, 2001), pp. 133–74.

    61. Ingrid Piller, ‘Identity Constructions in Multilingual Advertising’, Language in Society, 30, 2001, 153–86.

    62. Ishtla Singh, ‘Crick Crack, Monkey Break "E Back for a Piece of Pommerac": Planning the Future of a Creole Language’, Pidgins and Creoles: An Introduction (Arnold, 2000), pp. 90–117.

    63. Alastair Pennycook, ‘Global Englishes, Rip Slyme, and Performativity’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 7, 4, 2003, 513–33.

    64. Monica Heller, ‘Globalization, the New Economy, and the Commodification of Language and Identity’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 7, 4, 2003, 473–92.

    Volume V: The Sociolinguistics of Culture

    65. Dell Hymes, ‘Models of the Interaction of Language and Social Life’, in J. J. Gumperz and D. Hymes (eds.), Directions in Sociolinguistics: The Ethnography of Communication (Basil Blackwell, 1986 [1972]), pp. 52–66.

    66. Benjamin Lee Whorf, ‘The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behavior to Language’, in J. B. Carol (ed.), Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf (MIT Press, 1956 [1941]), pp. 134–59.

    67. Richard Bauman, ‘Verbal Art as Performance’, American Anthropologist, 77, 1975, 290–311.

    68. Michael Silverstein, ‘Contemporary Transformations of Local Linguistic Communities’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 27, 1998, 401–26.

    69. Michael Agar, ‘The Biculture in Bilingual’, Language in Society, 20, 1991, 167–81.

    70. Don Kulick and Bambi B. Schieffelin, ‘Language Socialization’, in A. Duranti (ed.), A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology (Blackwell Publishing, 2004), pp. 349–68.

    71. Ben Rampton, ‘Language Crossing and the Redefinition of Reality’, in P. Auer (ed.), Codeswitching in Conversation (Routledge, 1998), pp. 290–317.

    72. Mary Bucholtz, ‘You Da Man: Narrating the Racial Other in the Production of White Masculinity’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 3, 4, 1999, 443–60.

    73. Geneva Smitherman, ‘Word from the Hood: The Lexicon of African-American Vernacular English’, in S. Mufwene et al. (eds.), African American English (Routledge, 1998), pp. 203–25.

    74. Mark Sebba, ‘Phonology Meets Ideology: The Meaning of Orthographic Practices in British Creole’, Language Problems and Language Planning, 22, 1, 1998, 19–47.

    75. Jane H. Hill, ‘Junk Spanish, Covert Racism, and the (Leaky) Boundary Between Public and Private Spheres’, Pragmatics, 5, 2, 1995, 197–212.

    76. Alessandro Duranti, ‘Universal and Culture-Specific Properties of Greetings’, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 7, 1, 1997, 63–97.

    77. Scott Fabius Kiesling, ‘Dude’, American Speech, 79, 2004, 281–305.

    78. Deborah Cameron, ‘Performing Gender Identity: Young Men’s Talk and the Construction of Heterosexual Masculinity’, in S. Johnson and U. H. Meinhof (eds.), Language and Masculinity (Blackwell, 1997), pp. 47–64.

    79. Charles Goodwin, ‘Professional Vision’, American Anthropologist, 96, 3, 1994, 606–33.

    80. William Labov and Joshua Waletzky, ‘Narrative Analysis: Oral Versions of Personal Experience’, in J. Helm (ed.), Essays in the Verbal and Visual Arts (University of Washington Press, 1967), pp. 12–44.

    81. Katrijn Maryns and Jan Blommaert, ‘Stylistic and Thematic Shifting as a Narrative Resource: Assessing Asylum Seekers’ Repertoires’, Multilingua, 20, 1, 2001, 61–84.

    82. David Machin and Theo van Leeuwen, ‘Global Schemas and Local Discourses in Cosmopolitan’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 7, 4, 2003, 493–512.

    Volume VI: Theoretical Perspectives in Sociolinguistics

    83. William Labov, ‘Some Sociolinguistic Principles’, in C. B. Paulston and G. R. Tucker (eds.), Sociolinguistics: The Essential Readings (Blackwell, 1969), pp. 234–50.

    84. William Labov, ‘Objectivity and Commitment in Linguistic Science: The Case of the Black English Trial in Ann Arbor’, Language in Society, 11, 1982, 165–201.

    85. Dell Hymes, ‘On Communicative Competence’, in J. B. Pride and J. Holmes (eds.), Sociolinguistics (Penguin, 1972), pp. 269–93.

    86. Dell Hymes, ‘Report from an Underdeveloped Country: Toward Linguistic Competence in the United States’, in D. Hymes, Ethnography, Linguistics, Narrative Inequality: Toward an Understanding of Voice (Taylor and Francis, 1996), pp. 63–105.

    87. John J. Gumperz, ‘The Linguistic and Cultural Relativity of Conversational Inference’, in J. Gumperz and S. Levinson (eds.), Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 374–406.

    88. Esther Figueroa, ‘Sociolinguistics and Utterance’, Sociolinguistic Metatheory (Pergamon, 1995), pp. 143–76.

    89. Dennis Preston, ‘Sorting Out the Variables in Sociolinguistic Theory’, American Speech, 66, 1, 1991, 33–56.

    90. Nikolas Coupland, ‘Sociolinguistic Theory and Social Theory’, in N. Coupland, S. Sarangi, and C. N. Candlin (eds.), Sociolinguistics and Social Theory (Longman, 1998), pp. 1–26.

    91. Pierre Bourdieu, ‘The Economics of Linguistic Exchanges’, Social Science Information, 16, 6, 1977, 645–68.

    92. Peter L. Patrick, ‘The Speech Community’, in J. K. Chambers, P. Trudgill, and N. Schilling-Estes (eds.), The Handbook of Language Variation and Change (Blackwell, 2002), pp. 573–97.

    93. Penelope Eckert and Sally McConnell-Ginet, ‘Think Practically and Look Locally: Language and Gender as Community-Based Practice’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 21, 1992, 461–90.

    94. Ben Rampton, ‘Speech Community and Beyond’, in N. Coupland and A. Jaworski (eds.), The New Sociolinguistics Reader (Palgrave, 2009).

    95. Richard Bauman and Charles L. Briggs, ‘Poetics and Performance as Critical Perspectives on Language and Social Life’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 19, 1990, 59–88.

    96. Elinor Ochs, ‘Indexing Gender’, in A. Duranti and C. Goodwin, Rethinking Context: Language as an Interactive Phenomenon (Cambridge University Press, 1992), pp. 335–58.

    97. Basil Bernstein, ‘Sociolinguistics: A Personal View’, Pedagogy, Symbolic Control and Identity (Taylor and Francis, 1996), pp. 147–56.

    98. Ron Scollon, ‘Action and Text: Towards an Integrated Understanding of the Place of Text in Social (Inter)action, Mediated Discourse Analysis and the Problem of Social Action’, in R. Wodak and M. Meyer (eds.), Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis (Sage, 2001), pp. 139–83.


    Nikolas Coupland is Professor and Director of the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University. Jaworski is Professor in the same department.

    Professor Coupland is founding editor, with Allan Bell, of the Journal of Sociolinguistics, published by Blackwell. With Adam Jaworski he edits the Oxford University Press book series, Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics.

    His primary areas of research include: sociolinguistics; style variation in spoken language; the sociolinguistics of Wales; sociolinguistic theory; critical discourse analysis; lifespan communication. He has co-directed a 4-year, ESRC-funded research programme on 'Communication and the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach' (with Howard Giles) and held other grants from the ESRC, the British Council, the University of Wales and the Fulbright Commission.

    He currently directs the Centre's project on Welsh Language and Welsh Identity under Globalisation, which is a strand of the 'Language and Global Communication Project' programme funded at the Centre by the Leverhulme Trust.

    Both authors are currently involved editorially in Journal of Sociolinguistics (published by Blackwell), now filling its tenth annual volume and moving to 5 issues/year. They have also done a lot of editorial work together previously, including editing Sociolinguistics: A Reader and Coursebook for Palgrave/Macmillan and The Discourse Reader for us; both books are coming to their second editions this year.