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.
Chapter 6: Social Stratification
It is fitting that ‘social stratification’ is the first entry in Part II, sociolinguistics and social theories, of this new SAGE Handbook of Sociolinguistics. One of the first and most famous sociolinguistic studies, Labov's (1966) The Sociolinguistic Stratification of New York City, explicitly engaged the topic of social stratification ...