Globalising Sociolinguistics : Challenging and Expanding Theory
This book focuses on lesser known sociolinguistic systems, from regions of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, the Caucasus, Slavic regions and the European Mediterranean and specific speech communities such as New Guinea, Alaska and the Gaelic area and challenges the predominance of mainstream sociolinguistic theories.
In nineteen chapters, the specialist authors look at key sociolinguistic aspects of each region or speech community, such as gender and speech patterns, politeness strategies and the effects of social hierarchy on language, focussing on the differences from the mainstream model. The conclusion, by Miriam Meyerhoff, draws together connections across regions/communities, considers how mainstream sociolinguistics is incomplete or lacking and how lesser-known cultures can play an increasingly important role in the building of theory in sociolinguistics.
This is essential reading for any researcher in sociolinguistics and language variation and will be a key reference for advanced sociolinguistics courses.