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The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics: An Introduction Paperback – 10 Sep 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0631228660 ISBN-10: 0631228667 Edition: 1st

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“an accessible introduction … a beginner-friendly structure … an enticing introduction for undergraduate students … the author draws an inspiring picture of his research field that appeals to both the heart and the head … the exercises adapt well to most levels of linguistic knowledge - the voice of the guide is clear and articulate - this is an effortless and lively tour that cannot but inspire beginners and experienced scholars alike”. - English World Wide, 2016

“A major strength of this book is indeed the focus on research. Bell not only provides different types of data from the field, but also detailed explanations on how data has been collected and interpreted. . . a fine candidate for an undergraduate sociolinguistics course. It introduces the key topics, provides lots of excellent and modern examples and is written in an accessible style suitable for introducing material to students not yet familiar with linguistic theory or social science research methodology.”  - Linguistlist, 14 July 2014

“In seeking answers to these and myriad other questions through reading and engaging with Bell’s book, students and researchers alike will find substantive knowledge, lofty wisdom, and inspiration to carry forward the tradition of study of the world’s rich social and linguistic diversity in which Bell has long played a key part.”  - Journal of Sociolinguistics, 3 June 2014

?No one sees and synthesizes the theoretical connections between diverse strands of sociolinguistic research better than Allan Bell. His Guidebook to Sociolinguistics is comprehensive, up-to-date, and especially rich in fresh examples and perspectives.?
John R. Rickford, Stanford University

?The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics offers ? integrated exercises derived from Bell?s extensive research background and allows readers to experience both the operational details of primary analysis and the theoretical constructs that underlie the field of sociolinguistics. It?s the perfect introduction!?
Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University

"Allan Bell brings his great wealth of experience as researcher, teacher and editor of the Journal of Sociolinguistics to tell us not just what sociolinguistics is but how sociolinguistics is done. Best of all, he shows how we can do sociolinguistics ourselves."
Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London

?Bell has provided a detailed and authoritative road map to sociolinguistics. Carefully structured, clearly written, lively and accessible throughout, the Guidebook introduces all the major traditions of sociolinguistics, pin-pointing the most important sources and perspectives, supported by a wealth of practical examples and exercises."
Nikolas Coupland, Copenhagen University and University of Technology Sydney

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“No one sees and synthesizes the theoretical connectionsbetween diverse strands of sociolinguistic research better thanAllan Bell.  His Guidebook to Sociolinguistics iscomprehensive, up-to-date, and especially rich in fresh examplesand perspectives.”
John R. Rickford, Stanford University

“The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics offers …integrated exercises derived from Bell’s extensive researchbackground and allows readers to experience both the operationaldetails of primary analysis and the theoretical constructs thatunderlie the field of sociolinguistics. It’s the perfectintroduction!”
Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University

“Bell has provided a detailed and authoritative road mapto sociolinguistics. Carefully structured, clearly written, livelyand accessible throughout, the Guidebook introduces all themajor traditions of sociolinguistics, pin-pointing the mostimportant sources and perspectives, supported by a wealth ofpractical examples and exercises.
Nikolas Coupland, Copengahen University andUniversity of Technology Sydney


The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics
offers students acomprehensive introduction to the main ideas and terms ofsociolinguistics, along with an understanding of the aims, methods,and findings of sociolinguistic research.

The book explores the three main strands of sociolinguistics– multilingualism, ethnographic-interactionalsociolinguistics, and variationist sociolinguistics –covering both macro to micro issues. It begins withmultilingualism, and moves on through language choice and variationto style and identity. It also introduces readers to themethodology and skills required to produce hands-on sociolinguisticresearch, and leads students through the challenges involved inconducting their own research project. Alongside practicalexamples, a range of helpful classic and contemporary case studiesand exercises are included.

Informed by the latest social and linguistic theory, and writtenby one of the leading figures in the field, The Guidebook toSociolinguistics offers illuminating insights into the complexrelationship between language and the social nature of humanbeings.


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