1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics

Edited By

Kimberly Geeslin

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ISBN 9780367861636
March 31, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
512 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 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


Kimberly Geeslin

  1. 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 W. Eskildsen

  9. Pedagogical Norms and Standards
  10. Andrea Ender

  11. Teaching Variable Structures
  12. Stephanie M. Knouse

  13. Testing Sociolinguistic Competence
  14. Maria Shardakova

  15. Social and Cultural Considerations in Curriculum Design

D. Victoria Rau


  1. Sociolinguistic Factors and Their Role in Second Language Acquisition


  1. Social Networks
  2. Kristen Kennedy Terry

  3. Regional Variation
  4. Lauren B. Schmidt, Bret Linford, and Stephen Fafulas

  5. Salience
  6. Julia Davydova

  7. Style and (In)formality: Developing Socio-stylistic Variation in a Second Language
  8. Martin Howard

  9. Socially Driven Second Language Pronunciation
  10. Elena Schoonmaker-Gates

  11. Connecting Language Change with Second Language Acquisition

Bryan Donaldson


  1. Tools for Research on Second Language Sociolinguistics


  1. Studying Sociophonetics in Second Languages
  2. Ksenia Gnevsheva

  3. Variationist Methods of Analysis
  4. Katherine Rehner and Raymond Mougeon

  5. Measuring Language Attitudes
  6. Erik Schleef

  7. Eliciting Variable Structures Across Tasks
  8. Aarnes Gudmestad

  9. Measuring Individual Differences: A Look at Working Memory
  10. Sara L. Zahler

  11. Artificial Language Learning Methods as a Tool for Sociolinguistic Research
  12. Anna Samara

  13. Conversation Analysis and Membership Categorization Analysis

Hanh thi Nguyen and Minh Thi Thuy Nguyen

  1. Learner Populations and Learning Contexts


  1. Language Learners and Service-learning
  2. Francisco Salgado-Robles and Greg Thompson

  3. Study Abroad
  4. Angela George

  5. Post-Modern Classroom Language Learning
  6. Dick Smakman

  7. Immersion Learners
  8. Rebecca Lurie Starr

  9. Heritage Language Speakers, Sociolinguistics, and Heritage Language Education
  10. Jennifer Leeman and Rachel Showstack

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

Megan Lukaniec and Kayla Palakurthy


  1. Language-specific Research on Second Language Sociolinguistics


  1. Sociolinguistic Research vs. Language Ideology in L2 Arabic
  2. Khaled Al Masaeed

  3. Sociolinguistics and the Acquisition of Chinese as a Second and Heritage Language: The State of the Field
  4. Xiaoshi Li, Robert Bayley, and Xinye Zhang

  5. The Acquisition of English L2 Sociolinguistic Variation
  6. Jette G. Hansen Edwards

  7. Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistic Approaches: The Case of L2 French
  8. Vera Regan

  9. Language-specific Research on Second Language Sociolinguistics in Spanish
  10. Megan Solon and Rebecca Pozzi

  11. Uncommonly Studied Language Pairs

Avizia Long

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Kimberly Geeslin is a Professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. 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).