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by John Edwards

Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. It is a branch of linguistics that looks less at the shape or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and more at how our words and sentences are influenced by the society around us--for instance, how the accent or the dialect we use has been shaped by where we come from or which social class we belong to. In this Very Short Introduction, John Edwards offers the most up-to-date brief overview available of sociolinguistics, with side trips into the sociology of language and psycholinguistics. He considers such topics as the different social evaluations of languages and dialects, the loaded significance of names, and the importance of politically-driven language planning and policy. The relationship between language and gender, sexist language, the language of poverty, and the intertwining of language and religion are also dealt with here. Edwards stresses that, while linguists see all dialects as equally valid, in the wider world powerful attitudes have always placed language varieties in social hierarchies. The author also looks at language more broadly, examining the ways in which languages rise or fall, the attempts to revive flagging or endangered varieties, the reasons why some languages came to dominate others, and the special dynamics that affect contact between "big" and "small" languages.In both its role as our most powerful tool of communication and as the most immediate symbolic marker of human affiliation, language is pre-eminently a social phenomenon. This compact volume offers an invaluable introduction to this vital aspect of language.About the Series:Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
Download Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) epub
ISBN: 0199858616
ISBN13: 978-0199858613
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar
Author: John Edwards
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 8, 2013)
Pages: 152 pages
ePUB size: 1740 kb
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Rating: 4.8
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I thought this did a very good job of introducing the subject, and it was quite interesting. I did want more depth, but I'll find another, longer, book for the depth. I don't know enough to know whether I agree or disagree with the authors seeming disdain for "discourse analysis". It seemed to me, that using fine academic decorum, the entire endeavor of "discourse analysis" was eviscerated by the author. It seemed as if it must have been a required domain topic for a book like this, but that the author felt it worthless, the epitome of academia for academicians. He is probably right, but man was he harsh.
Very concise, yet thoroughly treats this area of Linguistics.
Buena y organizada síntesis sobre los principales conceptos y objetos de estudio sociolinguístico.
This book is highly engaging, not dumbed down, but rather penned like a textbook. It’s far superior to its soporific counterpart in this series, the volume called Linguistics. I did a TESOL degree at the University of Edinburgh a few years ago and read this book just recently as a sort of refresher. Also, although sociolinguistics informs my field, I’d never read a book exclusively on the subject, and was curious to know precisely what the area encompassed. Again, a really engaging read and I liked how the author notes the ironies of academics trying to affect positive change when doing things like protecting threatened languages. He also suggests that when one language displaces another that instead of looking at the phenomenon solely in terms of good or bad, one should see it as natural and often abetted by the speakers of the vanquished language. These are challenging views in today’s political climate. So, yes, once more, an excellent effort, but I wished I could have asked the writer a number of questions along the way. For instance, for the writer, sociolinguistics hinges on identity, but I’m wondering why he prefers this view over seeing it as culture or “languaculture.” Or how about language as politics? Is not language also an ideological system or ideology itself? Language is politics and politics is language, yeah? Therefore, shouldn’t that deserve more of a mention in a book about sociolinguistics or does language as politics come under another category/subheading, like critical pedagogy? Would language as transmitter of culture come under the category language-and-culture-pedagogy? If so, does that category fall outside sociolinguistics? I suppose the answer may involve the writer’s bias. Perhaps he chooses to conceptualize language as mainly having to do with identity, because that’s the side he’s most drawn to, but I wonder if the hefty volumes he cites do the same. Perhaps I should find out. In any event, this is, as other reviews will corroborate, an outstanding introduction to the subject.

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Well, in terms of summarizing the principles of sociolinguistics this books is fantastic. It has apt examples, clear but vigorous language, and a broad scope.

But it's also one of the most tendentious books I've ever read, in what should probably have been one of the most neutral. Again and again, as a non-expert, I felt as if I were being given a harsh critique of a current school in sociolinguistics (discourse analysis, ecological linguistics) rather than hearing a summary of its sides. It's not that Edwards isn't convincing in those critiques - he often is. But he also left me with the uneasy sense that I might be missing crucial points of view in the field because his opinions of it are so decided and so forcefully advanced here.

So, a good book in many ways, which I'm glad I read, but it fell short of the brief of this (great) series. Reading it was a four or five star experience but I feel as if it deserves three stars as a kind of signpost to readers who come here wondering what kind of intro it is.
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