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Introducing Socio

Introducing Sociolinguistics and The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader are a perfect package for your teaching needs.  In addition to this complete package is a companion website that supports both books.  Click now for more information.

This second edition of Miriam Meyerhoff’s highly successful textbook is supported by the Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader and online resources common to both books. It provides a solid, up-to-date appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the field covering foundation issues, recent advances and current debates. It presents familiar or classic data in new ways, and supplements the familiar with fresh examples from a wide range of languages and social settings. It clearly explains the patterns and systems that underlie language variation in use, as well as the ways in which alternations between different language varieties index personal style, social power and national identity.

New features of the second edition:

  • a wider range of approaches to politeness theory incorporating an international range of research
  • expanded sections on multi-lingualism and code-switching, social class, dialect contact and tracking change over time
  • linkage to the new Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader which can be used alongside this textbook, allowing students to supplement and build on material covered in the textbook.
  • a shared website serving both Reader and Textbook which includes web- and video-links, interactive exercises and an expanded online glossary at: www.routledge.com/textbooks/meyerhoff
  • a refreshed text design to assist navigation through textbook and reader.

Intended to be highly user-friendly, The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader includes substantial section introductions, further reading, a reader’s guide on how to use the book and an introductory chapter providing advice on how to undertake qualitative and quantitative research. This introduction is supplemented by exercises focussing on data handling and collection.

The Reader is divided into six sections and each section is thematically organized. Each reading is accessible to beginning students of sociolinguistics but the entire selection is assembled to also help advanced students focus on themes, principles and concepts that cut across different researchers' work. Beginning and advanced students are supported by Content Questions to assist understanding of essential features in the readings, and Concept Questions which help advanced students make connections across readings, apply theory to data, and critically engage with the readings. A companion website supports and connects the Reader and textbook with structured exercises, links to associated websites and video examples, plus an online glossary.

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More detail on the companion website:

Exercises and web and video links are included in a single Resources section for students and teachers to explore together.

  • Link to the supplementary exercises including some interactive ones. You’ll find something here to support every chapter in the book. Teachers, you can import these into your Virtual Learning Environments
  • Engage with the Concept Questions to further explore the themes and issues raised in each topic
  • Watch and listen to the video clips to better understand the nuances of language variation described
  • Use the online glossary to test yourself on the key concepts underpinning the study of sociolinguistics