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.
Language variation is at the heart of sociolinguistics; it is therefore to be expected that sociolinguists might take an interest in linguistic diversity, and that they might be concerned about its loss. But the nature of linguistic diversity, how to measure it, and reactions to its decline, are ...