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Urban Sociolinguistics

The City as a Linguistic Process and Experience

Edited by Dick Smakman, Patrick Heinrich

© 2018 – Routledge

242 pages

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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.

All chapters are written by key figures 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
  • less urbanised places such as the Western Netherlands Randstad area and Kohima 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

About the Editors

Dick Smakman is Lecturer at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has taught courses in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at universities in the Netherlands, England, Poland and Japan.

Patrick Heinrich is Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and Mediterranean African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy.

Together, they are the co-editors of Globalising Sociolinguistics (2015).

Subject Categories

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