Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

John Edwards


Sociolinguistics bargains with the social lifetime of language, language in its sociocultural context. it's a department of linguistics that appears much less on the form or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and extra at how our phrases and sentences are motivated through the society round us--for example, how the accessory or the dialect we use has been formed by way of the place we come from or which social category we belong to.

In this Very brief creation, John Edwards bargains the main up to date short review to be had of sociolinguistics, with part journeys into the sociology of language and psycholinguistics. He considers such issues because the varied social reviews of languages and dialects, the loaded importance of names, and the significance of politically-driven language making plans and coverage. the connection among language and gender, sexist language, the language of poverty, and the intertwining of language and faith also are handled the following. Edwards stresses that, whereas linguists see all dialects as both legitimate, within the wider global robust attitudes have continuously positioned language forms in social hierarchies. the writer additionally seems to be at language extra widely, analyzing the ways that languages upward push or fall, the makes an attempt to restore flagging or endangered kinds, the explanations why a few languages got here to dominate others, and the distinctive dynamics that have an effect on touch among "big" and "small" languages.

In either its function as our strongest software of verbal exchange and because the so much quick symbolic marker of human association, language is pre-eminently a social phenomenon. This compact quantity deals a useful creation to this important point of language.

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