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.

Sociolinguistic Potentials of Face-to-Face Interaction

Sociolinguistic potentials of face-to-face interaction

22.1 Introduction

Class, race and gender divisions continue to be among the central forces shaping how we live. Social theorists, particularly sociologists, try to understand how societies are structured and how ‘power’, ‘class’ or ‘gender’ ...

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