Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics

Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics

1st Edition - December 20, 2001

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  • Editor: R. Mesthrie
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080437262

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This is the ninth in the acclaimed series of spinoff volumes based on the outstanding Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. It comprises 285 articles of which 80 are short biographical entries. 50 of the biographies and 42 other articles are entirely new, while the remaining entries are suitably revised and updated from ELL. This work provides uniquely comprehensive and authoritative information on all aspects of sociolinguistics.


For departmental libraries, academics, and students in linguistics departments, and in neighbouring disciplines such as applied linguistics and education; anthropology; English language; literary studies; gender studies; sociology; and social psychology.

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    Foundations of Society and Language. Anthropological linguistics (E. Keating). Attitudes and behavior (W.S. Bainbridge). Bilingualism, individual (F. Grosjean). Bilingualism, societal (M.H.A. Blanc). Communication (K.L. Berge). Communicative competence (A. Duranti). Ecology of language (J.M.Y. Simpson). Language (J.M.Y. Simpson). Language as a social reality (T. Pateman). Language in society: overview (M.L. Apte). Multiculturalism and language (J.R. Edwards). Pragmatics and sociolinguistics (J.L. Mey). Prescriptive and descriptive grammar (C. Cullen). Role theory (R.H. Turner). Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (O. Werner). Saussurean tradition and sociolinguistics (J.E. Joseph). Social psychology (W.S. Bainbridge). Socialization (C.B. Cazden). Sociolinguistics of sign language (C. Lucas). Sociology of language (W.S. Bainbridge). Speech community (B.B. Kachru). Language and Interaction. Antilanguage (P.A. Chilton). Audience design (A. Bell). Conversation analysis (P. Drew). Conversational maxims (J. Thomas). Cooperative principle (J. Thomas). Deaf community: structures and interaction (J.G. Kyle). Dialogism (T.A. Marshall). Discourse (A. Mchoul). Discourse in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural contexts (M. Clyne). Doctor-patient language (M. Lacoste). Ethnography of speaking (G. Philipsen). Ethnomethodology (G. Psathas). Identity and language (R. Mesthrie, A. Tabouret-Keller). Kinesics (A. Kendon). Kinship terminology (E.L. Schusky). Language in the workplace (B. Holmqvist, P.B. Andersen). Narrative, natural (M. Toolan). Phatic communion (D. Abercrombie). Politeness (G. Kasper). Speech accommodation (H. Giles). Speech act theory: overview (K. Allan). Language Variation: Style, Situation, Function. Advertising (M.L. Geis). Blessings (B.G. Szuchewycz). Business language (G. Rasmussen). Code, sociolinguistic (U. Ammon). Context (U.M. Quasthoff). Diglossia (A. Hudson). Discourse analysis and the law (D. Eades). Formulaic language (F. Coulmas). Genre (T. Threadgold). Institutional language (S. Sarangi). Literary language (R. Carter). Media language and communication (K.C. Schrøder). Medical language (J. Maclean, J.C. Maher). Register (W. Downes). Religion and language (J.F.A. Sawyer). Slang: sociology (I.L. Allen). Speech and writing (J.E. Miller). Speech play (M.L. Apte). Style (M. Short). Taboo words (M.L. Apte). The internet and language (C. Thurlow). Verbal duel (R. Ackerman). Language Variation and Change: Dialects and Social Groups. Accent (J.M.Y. Simpson). Adolescent peer group language (R.L. Taylor). Chain shifts (G. Docherty, D. Watt). Class and language (F. Gregersen). Dialect and dialectology (S. Romaine). Dialect humor (M.L. Apte). Ethnicity and the crossing of Boundaries (B. Rampton). Ethnicity and language (E.F. Kotzé). Forensic phonetics and sociolinguistics (P. Foulkes, J.P. French). Gay language (W. Leap). Gender and language (K.M. Mccormick). Language change and language acquisition (E.L. Bavin). Maps: dialect and language (J.M. Kirk). Social class (M.W. Macy). Social networks (A.L. Milroy). Sociolinguistic variation (R. Mesthrie). Sociolinguistics and language change (J. Milroy). Sociophonetics (S. Wright, revised by C.M. Sangster). Sound change (J.J. Ohala). Subcultures and countercultures (R.L. Taylor). Syntactic change (N. Vincent). The atlas of North American English: methods and findings (S. Ash). Urban and rural forms of language (A.M. Hamilton). Vernacular (R. Macaulay). Language Contact. Areal Linguistics (J.M.Y. Simpson). Bilingualism and language acquisition (C. Letts). Borrowing (J. Heath). Code-mixing (R. Mesthrie). Code-switching: discourse models (P. Auer). Code-switching: overview (K. Mccormick). Code-switching: sociopragmatic models (S. Gross). Code-switching: structural models (R.M. Bhatt). Contact languages (S.G. Thomason). Endangered languages (L.A. Grenoble, L.J. Whaley). English as a foreign language (G. Abbott). Ethnolinguistic vitality (H. Giles). Foreigner talk (M. Clyne). Interlanguage (E. Tarone). Intertwined languages (P.C. Muysken). Jargons (P. Mühlhäusler). Koinés (R. Mesthrie). Language enclaves (K. Mattheier). Language loyalty (R. Mesthrie). Language maintenance, shift, and death (R. Mesthrie). Language spread (R. Mesthrie). Language transfer and substrates (T. Odlin). Lingua franca (M. Barotchi). Migrants and migration (A.M. Pavlinic). Missionaries and language (P. Lewis). Native Speaker (A. Davies). New Englishes (B.B. Kachru). Pidgins and creoles: an overview (L. Todd). Pidgins and creoles: models (J. Aitchison). Pidgins and creoles: morphology (F.C.V. Jones). Sociolinguistic area (J. D'souza). Language, Power and Inequality. Critical language awareness (J.L. Mey). Critical sociolinguistics (G. Kress). Discrimination and minority languages (R. Phillipson, T. Skutnabb-Kangas). Hegemony (G. Mininni). Honorifics (M. Shibatani). Ideology (C. Luke). Language conflict (D.P. Pattanayak). Linguicide (T. Skutnabb-Kangas, R. Phillipson). Linguistic imperialism (R. Phillipson, T. Skutnabb-Kangas). Manipulation (N. Fairclough). Marxist theories of language (G. Mininni). Minority languages (J.M.Y. Simpson). Politicized language (A. Davies). Politics and language (P.A. Chilton). Power and language (N. Fairclough). Power differentials and language (P.L. Van Den Berghe). Representation (R. Fowler). Semilingualism (J. Cummins). Stereotype and social attitudes (M.L. Apte). Symbolic power and language (C. Vigouroux). The linguistic marketplace (I. Gogolin). Language Planning, Policy, Practice. Academies: dictionaries and standards (L.C. Mugglestone). Artificial languages (A. Large). Heritage languages (J. Cummins). International languages (U. Ammon). Language adaptation and modernization (S. Bowerman). Language development (H.R. Dua). Language diffusion policy (C.G. Maclean). Language planning: models (A. Deumert). Linguistic census (L.M. Khubchandani). Linguistic habitus (I. Gogolin). Multilingual States (D.D. Laitin). National language/official language (C.M. Eastman). Nationalism and language (L. Greenfield). Orthography (M. Sebba). Prescription in dictionaries (L.C. Mugglestone). Reversing language shift (J.A. Fishman). School language policies (D.J. Corson). Standardization (E. Haugen). Statistics: principal languages of the world (Unesco). (J.M.Y. Simpson). Verbal hygiene (D. Cameron). Language and Education. Applied linguistics and sociolinguistics (D.R. Preston). Bilingual education (M.E. Brisk). Black English in education: UK (M. Dalphinis). Child language: an overview (S. Strömqvist). Ebonics and African American vernacular English (J. Baugh). Education and language: overview (K. Perera). Educational failure (J.R. Edwards). English grammar in British schools (A.M. Philp). Gender, education, and language (J. Swann). Home language and school language (M. Maclure). Literacy (C.J. Daswani). Oracy (A.M. Wilkinson). Pidgins, creoles and minority dialects in education (J. Siegel). Spoken language in the classroom (N. Mercer). Standard English and education policy (M. Farr, A. Ball). Teaching endangered languages (L. Hinton). Methods in Sociolinguistics. Attitude surveys: question-answer process (H. Schuman). Corpus linguistics and sociolinguistics (M. Sebba, S.D. Fligelstone, revised by W.A. Kretzschmar Jr.). Data collection in linguistics (J. Miller, R. Cann). Field methods: ethnographic (M.L. Apte). Field methods in modern dialect and variation studies (K. Hazen). Fieldwork and field methods (U. Canger). Fieldwork ethics and community responsibility (B. Johnstone). Interactional sociolinguistic research methods (N. Berenz). Literacy: research, measurement, and innovation (D. Wagner). Multidimensional scaling (W.C. Rau). Observer's paradox (A. Davies). Observing and analyzing classroom talk (A.D. Edwards, D.P.G. Westgate). Reliability/validity (E. Babbie). Salvage work (endangered languages) (N. Dorian). Scaling (E. Babbie). Small group research (W.S. Bainbridge). Sociometry (W.S. Bainbridge). Statistics in sociolinguistics (D. Sankoff). The Profession. Institutions and Resources. Endangered language projects (an inventory) (L.A. Grenoble, L.J. Whaley). Internet resources for sociolinguistics (A. Deumert). Professional associations (R. Mesthrie). Sociolinguistics journals: a critical survey (N. Coupland). Profiles of Sociolinguists. Ammon, Ulrich (1943- ) (A. Deumert). Bakhtin, Mikhail M. (1895-1975) (J.M. Weir). Bamgbose, Ayo (1932- ) (R. Mesthrie). Baugh, John (1949- ) (R. Mesthrie). Bernstein, Basil (1924- ) (K. Rajagopalan). Bickerton, Derek (1926- ) (G.G. Gilbert). Blommaert, Jan (1961- ) (K. Maryns). Boas, Franz (1858-1942) (R. Darnell). Bourdieu, Pierre (1930- ) (C. Vigouroux). Bright, William (1928- ) (B.B. Kachru). Cameron, Deborah (1958- ) (S.S. Mcrae). Coates, Jennifer (1942- ) (S.S. Mcrae). Cooper, Robert Leon (1931- ) (B. Spolsky). Cummins, Jim (1949- ) (C. Baker). Das Gupta, Jyotirindra (1933- ) (L.M. Khubchandani). Decamp, David (1927-79) (R. Le Page). Dittmar, Norbert (1943- ) (P. Schlobinski). Dorian, Nancy (1936 - ) (S. Romaine). Edwards, John Robert (1947- ) (W.F. Mackey). Emeneau, Murray Barnson (1904- ) (W. Bright). Fairclough, Norman (1941- ) (H. Janks). Fasold, Ralph W. (1940- ) (W. Wolfram). Ferguson, Charles A. (1921-98) (J.A. Fishman). Firth, J.R. (1890-1960) (F.R. Palmer). Fishman, Joshua A. (1926- ) (B. Spolsky). Foucault, Michel (1926-84) (J.C. Maher). Giles, Howard (J. Bradac). Gilliéron, Jules (1854-1926) (T. Hill). Goffman, Erving (1922-82) (R.L. Schmitt). Görlach, Manfred (1937- ) (E.W. Schneider). Gramsci, Antonio (1891-1937) (N. Helsloot). Grierson, Sir George Abraham (1851-1941) (J.C. Wright). Gumperz, John J. (1922- ) (N. Berenz). Hall, Robert A. Jr. (1911-97) (M. Danesi). Halliday, Michael Alexander Kirkwood (1925- ) (J. Fine). Haugen, Einar (1906-94) (N. Hasselmo). Heath, Shirley Brice (C.B. Cazden). Hesseling, Dirk Christiaan (1859-1941) (G.G. Gilbert). Hill, Jane (1939- ) (V. Santiago-Irizarry). Hymes, Dell Hathaway (1927- ) (N.H. Hornberger). Jaberg, Karl (1877-1959) (T. Hill). Kachru, Braj B. (1932- ) (R. Pandharipande). Khubchandani, Lachman M. (1932- ) (R.K. Agnihotri). Kurath, Hans (1891-1992) (T. Hill). Labov, William (1927- ) (D. Sankoff). Lakoff, Robin Tolmach (J. Bennett). Lambert, Wallace E. (1922- ) (G.R. Tucker). Le Page, Robert (1920- ) (A. Tabouret-Keller). Lewis, E. Glyn (1920-94) (D. Brown). Malinowski, Bronislaw Kaspar (1884-1942) (A.T. Campbell).Mazrui, Ali A. (1933- ) (A.M. Mazrui). Mcdavid, Raven Ioor, Jr. (1911-84) (T. Hill). Milroy, Lesley (1944- ) (Li Wei). Mufwene, Salikoko S. (1947- ) (R. Mesthrie). Mühlhäusler, Peter (1947- ) (P. Baker). Muysken, Pieter Cornelis (1950- ) (A. Bruyn). Myers-Scotton, Carol (S. Gross). Nida, Eugene Albert (1914- ) (R.E. Longacre). Paulston, Christina Bratt (1932- ) (M. Swain). Platt, John T. (M. Görlach). Poplack, Shana (G. Van Herk). Quirk, Professor Sir (Charles) Randolph (1920- ) (J. Roberts). Reinecke, John E. (1904-82) (G.G. Gilbert). Rickford, John Russell (J. Baugh). Romaine, Suzanne (1951- ) (C.M. Sangster). Sacks, Harvey (1935-75) (G. Psathas). Sankoff , Gillian (1943- ) (C. Surek-Clark). Sapir, Edward (1884-1939) (R. Darnell). Saville-Troike, Muriel (R. Pandharipande). Schegloff, Emanuel (J. Heritage). Schiffrin, Deborah (S. Hunt). Schuchardt, Hugo (1842-1927) (G.G. Gilbert). Shuy, Roger W. (1931- ) (J. Kreeft Peyton). Spolsky, Bernard (1932- ) (R. Mesthrie). Srivastava, Ravindra Nath (1936-92) (R.K. Agnihotri). Street, Brian (1943- ) (M. Prinsloo). Tannen, Deborah (J. Bennett). Trudgill, Peter John (1943- ) (P. Kerswill). Tucker, G. Richard (1942- ) (J. Crandall). Valdman, Albert (1931- ) (B. Spolsky). Van Name, Addison (1835-1922) (G.G. Gilbert). Voloshinov, Valentin Nikolavic (1895-1936) (D. Brown). Weinreich, Uriel (1926-67) (T. Hill). Wenker, Georg (1852-1911) (T. Hill). Whorf, Benjamin Lee (1897-1941) (J.H. Stam).
    Williams, Glyn (1939- ) (D. Brown). Wodak, Ruth (1950- ) (C. Anthonissen). Wolfram, Walt (1941- ) (C.T. Adger).

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1060
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2001
  • Published: December 20, 2001
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080437262

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R. Mesthrie

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University of Cape Town, South Africa

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