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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 4th Edition (Learning About Language) 4th Edition

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Sociolinguistics is the study of the interaction between language and society. In this classic introductory work, Janet Holmes examines the role of language in a variety of social contexts, considering both how language works and how it can be used to signal and interpret various aspects of social identity. Written with Holmes’ customary enthusiasm, the book is divided into three sections which explain basic sociolinguistic concepts in the light of classic approaches as well as introducing more recent research.

This fourth edition has been revised and updated throughout using key concepts and examples to guide the reader through this fascinating area, including:

- New sections on:

koines and koineisation
linguistic landscapes
New Englishes
Stylisation
language and sexuality
societal approaches to attitude research
forensic linguistics

- A new selection of informative examples, exercises and maps

-Fully updated further reading and references sections

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics is an essential introductory text for all students of sociolinguistics and a splendid point of reference for students of applied linguistics. It is also an accessible guide for those who are simply interested in language and the many and varied uses we put it to.

Janet Holmes is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. She teaches sociolinguistics courses from first year to postgraduate level   Her books include Gendered Talk at Work and the Blackwell Handbook of Language and Gender (co-edited with Miriam Meyerhoff). Most recently she has published Leadership, Discourse and Ethnicity (co-authored with Meredith Marra and Bernadette Vine) reflecting her most recent research interests which focus on leadership discourse and the relevance of gender and ethnicity in the workplace.

 

About the Author

Janet Holmes is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. She teaches sociolinguistics courses from first year to postgraduate level Her books include Gendered Talk at Work andthe Blackwell Handbook of Language and Gender (co-edited with Miriam Meyerhoff). Most recently she has published Leadership, Discourse and Ethnicity (co-authored with Meredith Marra and Bernadette Vine) reflecting her most recent research interests which focus on leadership discourse and the relevance of gender and ethnicity in the workplace.

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Product Details

  • Series: Learning About Language
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4th edition (January 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408276747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408276747
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 11, 2001
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It's hard to find an entry-level book about sociolinguistics. Holmes is probably one of the few people who've ventured to give it a go and didn't do very bad. The realistic and colorful examples of every theory are both this book's flaw and its forte. As a New Zealander, Holmes knows what it's like to live in a multilingual society and this shows in her choice of examples. They help to bring the theories alive, but at times they blur your view of the central theories and technical terms. All in all a pretty good effort, and actually rather pleasant to read.
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Janet Holmes is a New Zealander who teaches upper division courses, is a language expert, is interested in gender studies, social-cultural changes in society, and in the English language as an expression of who we-you-are. Most recently, I used the book to gain clarity about the difference between a national language and an official language. If you have any interest in the English Only movement, this book is for you. How can you fight EO? By learning about what it means to have a national and official language. Enjoy this book. Knowledge is power. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Learning about Language)If you want to look deeper at forces behind language use and disuse, this is a book for you. Invaluable, and now that I have reading investment in the book, I feel it is an invaluable resource. It can be read by anyone. It is a pleasure to read about the social implications of languages, and get a glimpse of languages from the views and perspectives of the real users, you-me.
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I am currently using this book as an undergraduate and graduate course book for a Sociolinguistics class in a program in Applied Linguistics and I feel that it is appropriate for that level and only had to suppliment the contents with a few other chapters from some other books. The students like the material and find it easy reading and understandable even though I teach in Mexico with native Spanish speakers.
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Why does this book exist. I don't understand this subject's importance at all. This book is almost entirely common sense, wasted pages of words. I feel like the whole thing could be condensed into about 10 pages with no loss of content.
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janet holmes does a fine job introducing sociolinguistics. i feel she takes a good mix from all over the world and synthesizes the result. i do feel that her arguments about gender and the english language are clearly activist-based. and i have never bought the african american vernacular english (aave) argument ~ although many notable sociolinguists accept it. i have worked with too many african americans to blanket categorize their language into one kettle.

i would recommend this book if you need to read for school or personal education.
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this book is an excellent place to start when you're researching sociolinguistic topics. clearly structured, with good examples and explanations, it is a book I use for my studies in linguistics and intend to keep as a resource afterwards as well.
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Bit labourous - takes a long time getting to the point. General feeling by most of those in the class.
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When an English language textbook uses osmosis instead of diffusion to describe something, I become a little sad. But it's actually a very good textbook.
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