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Discovering Sociolinguistics

From Theory to Practice

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31 October 2017

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15 January 2018

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This engagingly written textbook provides a unique ‘hands-on’ introduction to sociolinguistics, which equips readers with the tools to start their own sociolinguistic research project. The book begins by outlining the...

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This engagingly written textbook provides a unique ‘hands-on’ introduction to sociolinguistics, which equips readers with the tools to start their own sociolinguistic research project. The book begins by outlining the historical, theoretical and cultural space in which language use occurs, before delving into the key topics and concepts of today’s field. It examines the choices speakers make in everyday life and assesses language and status across the world, by investigating variation in cultural norms. Sociolinguistic variables such as age and gender are surveyed, along with the socio-cultural context of second language acquisition. The second half of the book equips readers with the skills needed to undertake sociolinguistic research of their own.

This is an ideal introductory text for students taking courses in sociolinguistics, language and society, language in use or language variation.

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  • Enriched by a diverse range of examples from languages and cultures around the globe
  • Engaging end-of-chapter study questions help readers test their knowledge and understanding
  • `Key concept' boxes provide helpful definitions of key terms
  • Suggestions for further reading appear at the end of each chapter
  • 'Focus on' boxes provide additional detail on topics which will engage readers. Examples include 'a second language as a linguistic threat' and 'language concealment'


PART 1: INTRODUCING SOCIOLINGUISTICS
1. Early Sociolinguistics
2. Sociolinguistics Today
3. Language Variation
4. The Language of Culture
PART 2: UNDERSTANDING SOCIOLINGUISTICS
5. Speaker Agency
6. What is Good Language?
7. Language and Status Across the Globe
8. The People's Language
9. What Say You?
10. The Language of a Lifetime
11. The Language of Women and Men
12. Second Language Sociolinguistics
PART 3: PROCESSING SOCIOLINGUISTICS
13. Ready, Set, Research
14. Write About Research
15. Crunching Numbers
16. The Sounds of Language
PART 4: DOING SOCIOLINGUISTICS
17. Language Out There
18. Speak to Me
19. While You Were Speaking
20. Don't Get Me Started
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Index..
Students using Discovering Sociolinguistics have free access to the following resources to extend their learning:

  • Exclusive web-only chapter on lesser-known sociolinguistics
  • Guidance on the components of a research report
  • Top tips for writing up research projects and using SPSS

Access the student resources here: https://www.macmillanihe.com/companion/Smakman-Discovering-Sociolinguistics/

Combining fascinating details and insights drawn from languages and societies around the world, this book provides a truly global introduction to sociolinguistics as a field of study. – Patrick Heinrich, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy
The strength of this book is to present the complex field of sociolinguistics in a clear way, which guides readers through the process of undertaking research. It demonstrates that rather than being an intellectual pastime sociolinguistic research can actually be useful. – Florian Coulmas, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Smakman's Discovering Sociolinguistics is genuinely reflective of its title, and a valuable introductory text. It offers practical insights for budding researchers of sociolinguistics, clearly introducing readers to a broad range of useful methods, as well as providing diverse and international coverage of the field. This is an original and valuable book, especially for those starting out in the discipline of sociolinguistics. – Peter Sercombe, Newcastle University, UK
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Dick Smakman is a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics and Language Acquisition at Leiden University, the Netherlands. 

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Dick Smakman is a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics and Language Acquisition at Leiden University, the Netherlands. 

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