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.
The current fascination with oral (cf. vernacular, non-literary) narrative spans a wide range of social science disciplines, e.g. sociology, psychology, social anthropology, etc., and is frequently referred to as the ‘narrative turn’ (see papers in Bamberg, 2006; Brockmeier and Carbaugh, ...