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

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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