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The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World

ISBN 9780415422789
Published December 20, 2009 by Routledge
448 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Part I: Americas  1. Sociolinguistics in the United States of America, Kirk Hazen  2. Sociolinguistics in Canada, Elaine Gold  3. Sociolinguistics in Mexico: defining new agendas, José Antonio Flores Farfán  4. The Sociolinguistics of Indigenous Languages in South America, Serafin Coronel-Molina and Viviana Quinteros  5. Sociolinguistics of the Caribbean, Valerie Youssef  Part II: Asia  6. Sociolinguistic Research in China, Minglang Zhou  7. Sociolinguistics in South Asia, Probal Dasgupta and Madhavi Sardesai  8. Japan, Nanette Gottlieb  9. Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, David Bradley  10. Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Lionel Wee  11. A Sociolinguistic profile of Turkey, Northern Cyprus and other Turkic states in Central Asia, Yasemin Bayyurt  12. The Caucasus, Victor A. Friedman  13. Sociolinguistics in the Iranian World, William Beeman  Part III: Australasia  14. Australia, Peter Collins  15. New Zealand, Jen Hay and Margaret MacLagan  16. The South Pacific, Richard Benton and France Mugler  17. A Sociolinguistic Sketch of New Guinea, Mark Donohue  Part IV: Africa and the Middle East  18. Sociolinguistics in South Africa – a critical overview of current research, Raj Mesthrie  19. Sociolinguistic Studies of West and Central Africa, Bruce Connell and David Zeitlyn  20. East Africa, Christina M. Higgins  21. Israeli Sociolinguistics: From Hebrew Hegemony to Israeli Plurilingualism, Zhanna Burstein-Feldman, Alek Epstein, Nina Kheimets, Shulamith Kopeliovich, Dafna Yitzhaki and Joel Walters  22. Arabic Sociolinguistics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Catherine Miller and Dominique Caubet  Part V: Europe  23. German speaking area, Winifred V. Davies  24. Sociolinguistics in the Dutch language area in Europe, Jeroen Darquennes  25. Sociolinguistics in the Nordic Region, Sally Boyd  26. The British Isles, Jane Stuart-Smith and Bill Haddican  27. French speaking area, Nadine Di Vito  28. Italy, Mair Parry  29. Spain and Portugal, David Atkinson, Mercedes Bengoechea and Sandi Michele de Oliveira  30. Sociolinguistics in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland, Miklós Kontra, Jirí Nekvapil and Agnieszka Kielkiewicz-Janowiak  31. The Balkans, Robert D Greenberg  32. Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Victoria Gulida  33. The Development of Sociolinguistics in the Baltic States, Ina Druviete

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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