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.

Individuals and Communities

Individuals and communities

13.1 Introduction

Some of the greatest controversies taking shape today in sociolinguistics focus on the relationship between the individual and the community. How do individuals' language patterns and individuals' language ideologies fit into society-wide patterns of usage and change? The mechanisms relating ...

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