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This comprehensive new edition of Wardhaugh’s textbookincorporates additional study features and numerous new and updatedreferences to bring the book completely up-to-date, whilstmaintaining the features that made the book so popular withlecturers and students: accessible coverage of a wide range ofissues, clearly written, and with useful student study features.

  • A fully revised new edition of Ronald Wardhaugh’s popularintroduction to sociolinguistics, which now includes over 150 newand updated references and new study features throughout
  • Features new “Explorations” sections in eachchapter incorporating suggested readings, discussion sections, andexercises – all designed to encourage students to developtheir own skills and ideas
  • Reflects new developments in the field, providing greater focuson ideas such as identity, solidarity, and markedness
  • Provides balanced coverage of a range of topics, including:language dialects, pidgins and Creoles, codes, bilingualism, speechcommunities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies,solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage,and planning
  • Comprehensive and accessible, it is the ideal introduction forstudents coming to sociolinguistics for the first time

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