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.
23.1 Introduction: Selection of Research Areas
Since the 1970s, doctor — patient communication has become increasingly well established as an area of inquiry within sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, initially focusing, in particular, on the institutional frames of communication (Becker-Mrotzek, 1992; Drew and Heritage, 1992; Hein et al., ...