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.
Consider sociolinguistics. Where did it come from? Why is it called what it's called? How come courses in sociolinguistics appear on many different types of degree programme: for example, Linguistics, (English) Language, Sociology, Cultural Studies and so on? An academic did not suddenly come ...