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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics)
ISBN 0631183531 / 9780631183532 / 0-631-18353-1
Publisher Blackwell Pub
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The second edition of this textbook has been thoroughly revised to include discussion of developments in sociolinguistics since the mid-1980s, referring in the process to some 100 recent books and papers. The book provides a comprehensive coverage of most of the topics dealt with in courses described as either "sociolinguistics" or "the sociology of language". Ronald Wardhaugh examines in full - dialect, language variation, pidgin and Creole languages, language change, ethnography, language and gender, and social codes. He gives a useful analysis of statistical methodology and a comprehensive introduction to the central topics of sociolinguistics. Each topic dealt with concludes with questions for discussion in the classroom, and references for further reading. [via]