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The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World

Edited By Martin J. Ball Copyright 2010
    448 Pages
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    448 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Drawing on examples from a wide range of languages and social settings, The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World is the first single-volume collection surveying current and recent research trends in international sociolinguistics. With over thirty chapters written by leading authorities in the region concerned, all continents and their respective regions are covered. This book is an important tool to help widen the perspective on sociolinguistics to readers of English.

    Divided into sections covering: The Americas, Asia, Australasia, Africa and the Middle East, 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, as well as 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 on undergraduate sociolinguistics courses and researchers involved in the study of language, society and power.

    Part I: Americas  1. Sociolinguistics in the United States of America 2. Sociolinguistics in Canada  3. Sociolinguistics in Mexico: defining new agendas  4. The Sociolinguistics of Indigenous Languages in South America  5. Sociolinguistics of the Caribbean  Part II: Asia  6. Sociolinguistic Research in China, Minglang Zhou  7. Sociolinguistics in South Asia  8. Japan  9. Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam  10. Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines  11. A Sociolinguistic profile of Turkey, Northern Cyprus and other Turkic states in Central Asia  12. The Caucasus  13. Sociolinguistics in the Iranian World  Part III: Australasia  14. Australia  15. New Zealand  16. The South Pacific  17. A Sociolinguistic Sketch of New Guinea  Part IV: Africa and the Middle East  18. Sociolinguistics in South Africa – a critical overview of current research  19. Sociolinguistic Studies of West and Central Africa  20. East Africa  21. Israeli Sociolinguistics: From Hebrew Hegemony to Israeli Plurilingualism  22. Arabic Sociolinguistics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)  Part V: Europe  23. German speaking area  24. Sociolinguistics in the Dutch language area in Europe  25. Sociolinguistics in the Nordic Region  26. The British Isles  27. French speaking area  28. Italy  29. Spain and Portugal  30. Sociolinguistics in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland  31. The Balkans  32. Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova  33. The Development of Sociolinguistics in the Baltic States


    Dr Martin J. Ball is Hawthorne-BoRSF Endowed Professor, and Director of the Hawthorne Research Center, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr Ball has written over 120 academic publications including Clinical Sociolinguistics, and The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics.

    "This book is a valuable reference tool for those interested in worldwide sociolinguistic research. A useful book for libraries. Recommended."--CHOICE