This Handbook answers a long-standing need for an up-to-date, comprehensive, international, in-depth critical survey of the history, trajectory, data, results and key figures involved in sociolinguistics. The result is a work of unprecedented coverage and insight. It is all here, from the foundational contributions to the field to the impact of new media, new technologies of communication, globalization, trans-border fluidities and agendas of research.

Introduction

Introduction

(Re)Defining the Field

Editing a new handbook for an established field like sociolinguistics presents a huge challenge. Such a handbook should contribute novel perspectives on present knowledge; and – possibly – add new knowledge and new insights. But many excellent handbooks already exist;1 moreover, sociolinguistics has ...

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