1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Sociophonetics

Edited By Christopher Strelluf Copyright 2024
    668 Pages 118 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Sociophonetics is the definitive guide to sociophonetics. Offering a practical and accessible survey of an unparalleled range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, this is the first handbook devoted to sociophonetic research and applications of sociophonetics within and beyond linguistics. It defines what sociophonetics is as a field and offers views of what sociophonetics might become. Split into three sections, this book:

    • examines the suprasegmental, segmental, and subsegmental units that sociophoneticians study;

    • reveals the ways that sociophoneticians create knowledge and solve problems across a range of theoretical and practical applications;

    • explores sociophonetic traditions around the world in spoken and signed languages;

    • includes case studies that demonstrate sociophonetic research in action, which will support and inspire readers to conduct their own projects.

    This handbook is an indispensable resource for researchers, undergraduate and graduate students in sociophonetics, as well as researchers and students in sociolinguistics, phonetics, phonology, language variation and change, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, speech pathology, and language teaching—and indeed any area of study where phonetics and phonology interact with social factors and forces.



    1 Sociophonetics and the sociolinguistic- phonetic interface: a radical introduction

    Christopher Strelluf




    Units of analysis


    2 Sociophonetics and intonation: a proposal for socioprosodics

    Erin O’Rourke and Mary Baltazani

    3 Sociophonetics and speech rate and pause

    Tyler Kendall

    4 Sociophonetics and tone: the world of sociotonetics

    James N. Stanford and Cathryn Yang

    5 Sociophonetics and phonation

    Lisa Davidson

    6 Sociophonetics and vowels

    Felicity Cox and Gerard Docherty

    7 Sociophonetics and stops

    Eleanor Chodroff and Paul Foulkes

    8 Sociophonetics and fricatives

    Whitney Chappell, Christina García, and Justin Davidson

    9 Sociophonetics and rhotics

    Koen Sebregts, Roeland van Hout, and Hans Van de Velde

    10 Sociophonetics and laterals

    Danielle Turton

    11 Sociophonetics and vowel nasality

    Christopher Carignan and Georgia Zellou





    12 Sociophonetics and dialectology

    Dominic Watt, Margaret E.L. Renwick, and Joseph A. Stanley

    13 Sociophonetics and sound change

    Charles Boberg

    14 Sociophonetics and identity

    Erez Levon and Stamatina Katsiveli

    15 Sociophonetics and psycholinguistics

    Paul Warren

    16 Sociophonetics and language prejudice: Accent matters: a socio- psychological perspective on sociophonetics

    Marta Witkowska, Silvia Filippi, Magdalena Formanowicz, and Caterina Suitner

    17 Sociophonetics and oral history

    Silvia Calamai

    18 Sociophonetics and language documentation and revitalization

    Marianna Di Paolo

    19 Sociophonetics and multilingualism

    Bronwen G. Evans and Gisela Tomé Lourido

    20 Sociophonetics and second language acquisition

    Ksenia Gnevsheva

    21 Sociophonetics and speech- language pathology

    Toby Macrae and Margaret Maclagan



    Sociophonetics around the world


    22 Sociophonetics and signed languages

    Amelia A. Becker, Julie A. Hochgesang, Meredith Tamminga, and Jami N. Fisher

    23 Sociophonetics and South African studies: focus on ethnicity

    Rajend Mesthrie, Alida Chevalier, Yolandi Ribbens- Klein, Tracey Toefy, and Bruce Wileman

    24 Sociophonetics and Japanese

    Kenjirō Matsuda, Shoji Takano, Yoshiyuki Asahi, and Ichiro Ota

    25 Sociophonetics and French

    Aurélie Nardy and Maria Candea

    26 Sociophonetics and Arabic

    Ghada Khattab and Paul Foulkes

    27 Sociophonetics and Spanishes

    Scott Sadowsky

    28 Sociophonetics and Chinese

    Jingwei Zhang, Weijie Tan, and Christopher Strelluf


    Christopher Strelluf is an associate professor of linguistics at the University of Warwick. His research interests include sociophonetics, language variation and change, and dialectology.

    Editorial Board

    John H. Esling, University of Victoria, Canada
    Paul Foulkes, University of York, UK
    Jane Stuart-Smith, University of Glasgow, UK
    Meghan Sumner, Stanford University, USA
    Erik R. Thomas, North Carolina State University, USA

    The Routledge Handbook of Sociophonetics covers the field comprehensively. Each chapter contains an extensive literature review and an example of empirical research on its topic. These features make this book an essential reference for anyone embarking on sociophonetic research of any kind.

    Erik R. Thomas, North Carolina State University, USA