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Urban Sociolinguistics

The City as a Linguistic Process and Experience

Edited by Patrick Heinrich, Dick Smakman

© 2018 – Routledge

312 pages

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About the Book

From Los Angeles to Tokyo, Urban Sociolinguistics is a sociolinguistic study of twelve urban settings around the world. Building on William Labov’s famous New York Study, the authors demonstrate how language use in these areas is changing based on belief systems, behavioural norms, day-to-day rituals and linguistic practices.

Each chapter is written by a key figure in sociolinguistics and presents the personal stories of individuals using linguistic means to go about their daily communications, in diverse sociolinguistic systems such as:

  • extremely large urban conurbations like Cairo, Tokyo, and Mexico City
  • smaller settings like Paris and Sydney
  • lesser developed areas such as the Western Netherlands Randstad area and the Kohima area in India.

Providing new perspectives on crucial themes such as language choice and language contact, code-switching and mixing, language and identity, language policy and planning and social networks, this is key reading for students and researchers in the areas of multilingualism and super-diversity within sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and urban studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction & Overview

(1) William Labov (confirmed): Preface

(2) Patrick Heinrich & Dick Smakman (confirmed): Introduction

(3) Florian Coulmas (confirmed): Urban sociolinguistics

(4) Maarten Mous (confirmed): Urban youth languages

Global North

(5) David Britain (pending): London

(6) Dick Smakman (confirmed): Randstad

(7) Kapitolina Fedorova (confirmed): Moscow

(8) John Maher & Patrick Heinrich (confirmed): Tokyo

(9) Kara Becker (pending): New York

(10) Raynaldo Marias (confirmed): Los Angeles

(11) Emi Otsuji & Alastair Pennycook (confirmed): Sydney

Global South

(12) Ingrid Piller (confirmed): Dubai

(13) Daming Xu (confirmed): Shanghai

(14) Shobha Satyanath (confirmed): Mumbai

(15) Roland Teborg (confirmed): Mexico City

(16) Livia Oushiro & Maria Parafita Couto (confirmed): São Paulo

(17) Reem Bassiouney (confirmed): Cairo

(18) Matthias Brenzinger (confirmed): Cape Town

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LAN009050
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics