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.
Chapter 14: Social Class
The first empirical linguistic studies to consider social class sought to demonstrate that language variation is structured at the community level. Although variability in language may appear unpatterned at the level of the individual speaker, a clear picture of structured variation emerges when ...