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1st Edition


ISBN 9780415408493
Published February 4, 2009 by Routledge
2656 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Volume I: The Sociolinguistics of Language Variation and Change Introduction (‘Sociolinguistics: Interdisciplinarity and Evolution’)  Volume II: Subjective and Ideological Processes in Sociolinguistics  Volume III: Interactional Sociolinguistics  Volume IV: The Sociolinguistics of Multilingualism  Volume V: The Sociolinguistics of Culture  Volume VI: Theoretical Perspectives in Sociolinguistics

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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.