A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics

Joan Swann, Ana Deumert, Theresa Lillis, Rajend Mesthrie

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The first comprehensive dictionary of the field of sociolinguistics, this is a valuable reference book for students and teachers of sociolinguistics, others concerned with the socially-oriented study of language and those with a professional interest in language. Entries are concise, the style is reader-friendly and numerous cross-references enable readers to follow up links to related terms and concepts.

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The introduction is well-written; it sums up important morphological issues and shows interfaces between morphology and the other subfields of linguistics. The bibliography can help beginners choose
Strongly recommended as a reference for SLA researchers and students.
Studies in Second langauge Acquisisition
'A Dictionary of Socioloinguistics is a welcome addition to the field of sociolinguistics. As sociolinguistics has grown as a field in coverage and stature since its inception in the 1960s, those working and studying in it will appreciate this concise volume of its most salient terms.'
Language and Education
A Dictionary of Socioloinguistics is a welcome addition to the field of sociolinguistics. As sociolinguistics has grown as a field in coverage and stature since its inception in the 1960s, those working and studying in it will appreciate this concise volume of its most salient terms.
Engrossing, enlightening, fascinating, instructive - and impeccably scholarly while reader-friendly throughout, this is an exceptionally valuable contribution to the literature of sociolinguistics that amply merits inclusion in all academic, reference, and school libraries. Anyone with an interest in languages and linguistics will find in this competent and thoughtful dictoinary an accessible point de depart in exploring a complex discipline. Hats off!
Joan Swann is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication in the School of Education at the Open University, UK.

Ana Deumert is Associate Professor in the Linguistics Section, Department of English, University of Cape Town.

Theresa Lillis is Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics at The Open University, UK. Her research interests are in academic and professional writing, particularly the politics of access, location and participation. Recent publications include Academic writing in a global context, with Mary Jane Curry (Routledge 2010) and articles in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Written Communication, the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and the Journal of Advanced Composition.

Rajend Mesthrie is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Senior Research Scholar at the University of Cape Town. He was Head of the Linguistics Section (1998 – 2009), and holder of an NRF research chair in migration, language, and social change. He was President of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa (2002-2009) and President of the International Congress of Linguists (2013-2018). He is an elected honorary life member of SALALS (South African Linguistic and Applied Linguistics Society) and the LSA (Linguistic Society of America). He is a past co-editor of English Today (2008-2012).

Amongst his book publications are Language in Indenture: a Sociolinguistic history of Bhojpuri-Hindi in South Africa (1992, reprinted. 2019), Introducing Sociolinguistics (with Swann, Deumert & Leap, Edinburgh University Press 2009), Language in South Africa (ed., 2002) and Youth Language Practices & Urban Language Contact in Africa (ed., with Hurst-Harosh & Brookes, 2021).

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