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.




31.1 Terminological and Other Preliminaries

Whereas humans have doubtlessly been switching codes for as long as there have been bilinguals, the phenomenon of code-switching has only received attention in linguistics, from the mid-1950s onwards — Alvarez Cáccamo (1998) traces the first mention of the term back to Vogt (1954) — and ...

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