Sociolinguistics: Theoretical Debates

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Nikolas Coupland
Cambridge University Press, Jun 20, 2016 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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Sociolinguistics is a dynamic field of research that explains the role and function of language in social life. This book offers the most substantial account available of the core contemporary ideas and arguments in sociolinguistics, with an emphasis on innovation and change. Bringing together original writing by more than twenty of the field's most influential international thinkers and researchers, this is an indispensable guide to the newest and most searching ideas about language in society. For researchers and advanced students it gives access to the field's most pressing issues and debates, as well as providing a platform for new initiatives in sociolinguistic research.
 

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Contents

Theorising social meaning
13
The push of Lautgesetze the pull of enregisterment
37
Variation meaning and social change
68
Indexicality stance and fields in sociolinguistics
86
Sociolinguistic differentiation
113
Discourse data
139
Theorising the market in sociolinguistics
157
Embodied sociolinguistics
173
From mobility to complexity in sociolinguistic theory and method
242
Discourse boundaries and social change
263
Theorizing media mediation and mediatization
282
Interaction power
303
Are there zombies in language policy? Theoretical interventions
331
Seeking sociolinguistic theory
391
Beyond
417
Five Ms for sociolinguistic change
433

The transsuperpolymetro movement
201
Sedentarism and nomadism in the sociolinguistics of dialect
217

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About the author (2016)

Nikolas Coupland is an elected Fellow of both the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has published more than 20 books and more than 150 articles and chapters on wide-ranging aspects of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. His volume The Handbook of Language and Globalization (2010) was the winner of the annual British Association for Applied Linguistics Book Prize.

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