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The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics

Edited By

Kimberly Geeslin

ISBN 9780367861636
Published March 31, 2022 by Routledge
464 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This state-of-the-art volume offers a comprehensive, accessible, and uniquely interdisciplinary examination of social factors’ role in second language acquisition (SLA) through different theoretical paradigms, methodological traditions, populations, contexts, and language groups. Top scholars from around the world synthesize current and past work, contextualize the central issues, and set the future research agenda on second language variation, including languages studied or taught less commonly. This will be an indispensable resource to scholars and advanced students of SLA, applied linguistics, education, and other fields interested in the social aspects of language learning in research practice and instruction.

Table of Contents

IntroductionKimberly Geeslin

Part I: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in the Study of Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics


  1. Variationist Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
  2. Robert Bayley and Chelsea Escalante

  3. A Sociocultural Theory Perspective on Sociolinguistic and Pragmatic Variation in L2 Development
  4. Rémi A. van Compernolle

  5. Sociolinguistic Competence: What We Know So Far and Where We’re Heading
  6. Matthew Kanwit

  7. Usage-based SLA: From Corpora to Social Interaction
  8. Søren Wind Eskildsen

  9. Pedagogical Norms and Standards
  10. Andrea Ender

  11. Teaching Variable Structures
  12. Stephanie M. Knouse and Laurel Hodges Abreu

  13. Testing Sociolinguistic Competence
  14. Maria Shardakova

  15. Social and Cultural Considerations in Curriculum Design

    D. Victoria Rau


Part II: Sociolinguistic Factors and Their Role in Second Language Acquisition


9. Social Networks

    Kristen Kennedy Terry

10. Regional Variation

    Lauren B. Schmidt, Bret Linford, and Stephen Fafulas

11. Salience

    Julia Davydova

12. Style and (In)formality: Developing Socio-stylistic Variation in a Second Language

    Martin Howard

13. Socially Driven Second Language Pronunciation

    Elena Schoonmaker-Gates

14. Connecting Language Change with Second Language Acquisition

Bryan Donaldson


Part III: Tools for Research on Second Language Sociolinguistics

15. Studying Sociophonetics in Second Languages

    Ksenia Gnevsheva

16. Variationist Methods of Analysis

    Katherine Rehner and Raymond Mougeon

17. Measuring Language Attitudes

    Erik Schleef

18. Eliciting Variable Structures Across Tasks

    Aarnes Gudmestad

19. Measuring Individual Differences: A Look at Working Memory

    Sara L. Zahler

20. Artificial Language Learning Methods as a Tool for Sociolinguistic Research

    Anna Samara

21. Conversation Analysis and Membership Categorization Analysis

Hanh thi Nguyen and Minh Thi Thuy Nguyen


Part IV: Learner Populations and Learning Contexts

22. Language Learners and Service-learning

    Francisco Salgado-Robles and Gregory L. Thompson

23. Study Abroad

    Angela George

24. Postmodern Classroom Language Learning

    Dick Smakman

25. Immersion Learners

    Rebecca Lurie Starr

26. The Sociolinguistics of Heritage Language Education

    Jennifer Leeman and Rachel Showstack

27. Additional Language Learning in the Context of Indigenous Language Reclamation

Megan Lukaniec and Kayla Palakurthy


Part V: Language-specific Research on Second Language Sociolinguistics

28. Sociolinguistic Research vs. Language Ideology in L2 Arabic

    Khaled Al Masaeed

29. Sociolinguistics and the Acquisition of Chinese as a Second and Heritage Language: The State of the Field

    Xiaoshi Li, Robert Bayley, and Xinye Zhang

30. The Acquisition of English L2 Sociolinguistic Variation

    Jette G. Hansen Edwards

31. Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistic Approaches: The Case of L2 French

    Vera Regan

32. Language-Specific Research on Second Language Sociolinguistics in Spanish

    Megan Solon and Rebecca Pozzi

33. Uncommonly Studied Language Pairs

Avizia Long

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Kimberly Geeslin is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. Her research focuses on the second language acquisition of the geographic, social and situationally variable properties of Spanish. She is co-author of Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition (Routledge, 2014) and The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language (Routledge, 2021).