2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World

Edited By Martin J. Ball, Rajend Mesthrie, Chiara Meluzzi Copyright 2023
    708 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on examples from a wide range of languages and social settings, The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World was originally the first single-volume collection surveying the current research trends in international sociolinguistics.

    This new edition has been comprehensively updated and significantly expanded, and now includes more than 50 chapters written by leading authorities and a brand-new substantial introduction by John Edwards. Coverage has been expanded regionally and there is a critical focus on Indigenous languages. This handbook remains a key tool to help widen the perspective on sociolinguistics to readers interested in the field. Divided into sections covering the Americas, Asia, Australasia, Africa, and Europe, the book provides readers with a solid, up-to-date appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field of sociolinguistics in each area. It clearly explains the patterns and systematicity that underlie language variation in use, along with the ways in which alternations between different language varieties mark personal style, social power, and national identity.

    The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World is the ideal resource for all students in undergraduate sociolinguistics courses and for researchers involved in the study of language, society, and power.

    List of Contributors

    List of Figures



    John Edwards


    Part I: The Americas

    Maps 1-3

    1. Sociolinguistics in the USA

    Kirk Hazen

    2. Sociolinguistics in Canada

    Marisa Brook

    3. Sociolinguistic research into Indigenous languages of North America

    Éedaa Heather Dawn Burge, Shayleen Macy EagleSpeaker, Jaeci Nel Hall, Amanda Cardoso, & Gabriela Pérez Báez

    4. Sociolinguistics in Mexico: Defining new agendas

    José Antonio Flores Farfán

    5. Sociolinguistics in Central America

    Brandon Baird

    6. Sociolinguistic research into Indigenous languages of South America

    Viviana Quintero & Serafin-Coronel Molina

    7. Sociolinguistics in Brazil

    Ronald Beline Mendes

    8. Sociolinguistics in Hispanic South America

    Manuel Diaz-Campos & Matthew Pollock

    9. Sociolinguistics in the Caribbean

    Joseph Farquharson  & Bettina Migge

    10. The Sociolinguistics of the Atlantic Englishes

    Rosemary Hall, Hannah Hedegard, Andrea Sudbury, Nicole Holliday, Daniel Schreier & David Britain


    Part II: Asia

    Map 4

    11. China: Sociolinguistic research in the 21st century

    Minglang Zhou

    12. Sociolinguistics of the Indo-European languages in South Asia: looking beyond the 60s

    Shobha Satyanath 

    13. Sociolinguistics of Dravidian languages in South Asia

    G. Balasubramanian & S. Arulmozi

    14. Sociolinguistics of South Asia: Tibeto-Burman, Austroasiatic and other languages

    David Bradley & Panchanan Mohanty

    15. Sociolinguistics in Mongolia

    Bolormaa Shinjee & Sender Dovchin 

    16. Sociolinguistics in Japan

    Florian Coulmas

    17. Korea: Recent trends in sociolinguistic research

    Hyeon-Seok Kang

    18. Sociolinguistics in Mainland Southeast Asia

    David Bradley

    19. Sociolinguistics in Maritime Southeast Asia

    Rebecca Starr

    20. Sociolinguistic research into Turkic languages: Turkey, Northern Cyprus and Turkic States in Central Asia

    Yasemin Bayyurt & Işıl Erduyan

    21. Sociolinguistic research into Iranian languages

    William Beeman

    22. Sociolinguistics of Arabic in the Middle East

    Marie Aimée Germanos 

    23. Sociolinguistics in Israel: From Hebrew Hegemony to Israeli Plurilingualism

    Joel Walters, Dafna Yitzhaki, Shulamith Kopeliovich, Zhanna Burstein-Feldman, Carmit Altman, Sharon Armon-Lotem & Natalia Meir

    24. Sociolinguistics in the Caucasus

    Diana Forker & Victor Friedman


    Part III: Australasia

    Map 5

    25. Sociolinguistics in Australia

    Peter Collins

    26. Sociolinguistic research into Indigenous languages of Australia

    Jill Vaughan, Ruth Singer & Gillian Wigglesworth

    27. Sociolinguistics in New Zealand

    Jennifer Hay & Margaret Maclagan

    28. Sociolinguistics in the Pacific

    Eleanor Ridge, Sally Akevai Nicholas & Richard Benton

    29. Sociolinguistics in New Guinea

    Mark Donohue


    Part IV: Africa

    Map 6

    30. Sociolinguistics in North Africa

    Catherine Miller & Dominique Caubet

    31. Sociolinguistic studies of West and Central Africa

    Bruce Connell & David Zeitlyn

    32. Sociolinguistics in East Africa

    Christina Higgins

    33. Sociolinguistics in Lusophone Africa

    Laura Álvarez López

    34. Sociolinguistics in Southern Africa

    Susanne Mohr, Irina Turner & Sibonile Ellece

    35. Sociolinguistics in South Africa

    Rajend Mesthrie & Yolandi Ribbens-Klein

    36. Sociolinguistic research into Indian Ocean languages

    Rada Tirvassen


    Part V: Europe

    Map 7

    37. Sociolinguistics in the German language area

    Falco Pfalzgraf

    38. Sociolinguistics in the Dutch language area

    Jeroen Darquennes

    39.Sociolinguistics in the Nordic region

    Sally Boyd & Natalia Ganuza

    40. Sociolinguistics in Britain

    Natalie Braber

    41. Sociolinguistics in Ireland

    Raymond Hickey

    42. Sociolinguistics of the Celtic languages

    Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin

    43. Sociolinguistics in the French language area

    Nadine Di Vito

    44. Sociolinguistics in Italy

    Massimo Cerruti & Silvia Dal Negro

    45. Sociolinguistics in Switzerland

    Philippe Humbert, Zorana Sokolovska, Laura Baranzini, Matteo Casoni, Sabine Christopher, Renata Coray & Stephan Schmid

    46. Sociolinguistics in Luxembourg

    Christophe Purschke & Peter Gilles

    47. Sociolinguistics in Spain: From the polycentrism of the field to activist practices in superdiverse contexts

    Luisa Martin Rojo, Gabriela Prego & Anna Tudela

    48. Sociolinguistics in Portugal

    Alexandra Guedes Pinto

    49. Sociolinguistics in Malta

    Sarah Grech

    50. Sociolinguistics in East Central Europe

    Miklós Kontra, Marián Sloboda, Jiří Nekvapil & Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak

    51. Sociolinguistics in the Balkans

    Robert Greenberg

    52. Sociolinguistics in Russia

    Olga Blinova, Natalia Bogdanova-Beglarian, Tatiana Popova & Tatiana Sherstinova

    53. Sociolinguistics in Ukraine

    Olga Ivanova

    54. Sociolinguistics in the Baltic States: language dynamics research

    Gabrielle Hogan-Brun & Ineta Dabašinskienė


    Author Index

    Language Index

    Subject Index



    Martin J. Ball is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University and Visiting Professor in Speech-Language Pathology at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, both in Wales.

    Rajend Mesthrie is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Chiara Meluzzi is Senior Researcher in Linguistics at the University of Milan "La Statale", Italy, where she teaches general linguistics for the BA in Liberal Studies in Communication.