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Macmillan Higher Education

Discovering Sociolinguistics

From Theory to Practice

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Palgrave

Pages: 307
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Paperback - 9781137519078

31 October 2017

$29.99

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Ebook - 9781137519085

06 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 A: UNDERSTANDING SOCIOLINGUISTICS
1. The study of language in society
2. Key concepts
3. Social identity
4. Interpersonal and intergroup communication
5. Historical sociolinguistics
6. Folk linguistics
7. Applied linguistics
8. International sociolinguistics
PART B: DOING SOCIOLINGUISTICS
9. Sociolinguistic experiments
10. Phonetics and grammar
11. Statistics
12. Writing a sociolinguistic research report.

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/

“Dick Smakman has been a champion in the movement of globalizing sociolinguistics. With this textbook he brings the movement to the student populations of the world. Among the textbooks of sociolinguistics in English, Discovering Sociolinguistics is, thus far, the best effort in transcending the cultural barriers associated with language.” (Daming Xu, University of Macau)
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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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