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A superb volume that weaves together the complex threads of sociological theory, linguistic analysis and practical application that characterise this important and influential field. The contributions offer a range and depth of coverage that is not found elsewhere. Highly recommended for all serious students of the social dimensions of languageIan HutchbyProfessor of Sociology, University of Leicester
The SAGE volume stands out from its competitors with a series of chapters that are organized around the work of influential foundational scholars, namely chapters on Ferguson and Fishman (written by Spolsky), Labov (Hazen), Bernstein (Ivinson), Hymes (Johnstone and Marcellino), and Gumperz (Gordon).
This is an important volume for those interested in sociolinguistics. I have only adopted it as supplemental because the students I teach do not go into sociolinguistics in depth, but I like to recommend it to them because of its coverage.
Interesting and thought provoking read - clear discussion points are highlighted throughout. A valuable text that I am sure I will be using with my students over and over again.
'The SAGE Handbook of Sociolinguistics' needs to be considered as an obligatory title for any level of Sociolinguistics. It covers all the key features of the topic. I always keep it at my elbow.
Several chapters of this book will be essential for my future reference lists as well as the current one on the politics of language in the European Union!
It is more than a "handbook" which shows the state-of-the-art of sociolinguistics. It is also amazing and surprising to see that many areas once studied in different sub-branches of linguistics (like pragmatics and discourse analysis) are included in this volume. As far as I could see, it is the most comprehensive book of sociolinguistics in the market. It is a must-read for anyone who is studying sociolinguistics.
Very comprehensive and reader friendly collection of major chapters and articles. Provides an excellent overview of the current approaches to sociolinguistics. The book is a good referencebook for students, suitable especially for reading groups.
The book is excellent in the sense that it is a full survey of the subject as a state-of-the-art. For undergraduate level in EFL environment, it would be advanced but for MA programmes in Linguistics and ELT, I think it will serve as a very important supplementary handbook.
I considered using The Handbook of Sociolinguistics as one of recommended / suplementary readings for my English for Academic or Specific courses at the University Language Centre of the Ruhr-University in Bochum.
The book as such proves to be very useful for course teacher(s) when designing the curriculum and actual course materials, will however be far too detailed and specific for students in the course in question.
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