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.

Sociolinguistics and Formal Linguistics

Sociolinguistics and Formal Linguistics

Sociolinguistics and formal linguistics

18.1 Introduction

Sociolinguistics is often seen as having little relevance to formal linguistic theory. Indeed, a formal linguist once told the present author that sociolinguistics ‘is not linguistics’. While such a comment reveals a narrow and sectarian view of linguistics, it also shows that the ...

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