- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (10 September 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0631228667
- ISBN-13: 978-0631228660
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The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics: An Introduction Paperback – 10 Sep 2013
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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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The book deals with a lot of variationist sociolinguistics, primarily drawing from Labov and Trudgill. Bell's own Audience Design was mentioned a couple times in the book as well--something you don't typically hear much of. One thing I got from this is that speakers are not passively affected by their social situations, but are active agents in their language choice.
I take brief notes and summaries of each chapter, and since I'm the first to review this book, I thought I'd put them here. I am by no means a professional linguist or reviewer or anything, so take these reviews and comments with a grain of salt:
* Chapter 1 was mostly an introduction to the field of sociolinguistics, including related disciplines, and gave an outline of the book.
* Chapter 2 talked about bilingualism and multilingualism.
* Chapter 3 broadly covered the subfield of contact languages. It also talked about language shift and maintenance.
* Chapter 4 was about language birth and death. A simple overview of Pidgins and Creoles and some case studies on language Death, particularly Dorian's documentation of East Sutherland Gaelic.
* Chapter 5 looked at speech communities and the problem of defining the term. It also looked at diglossia, in particular Ferguson (1959). It then looked at code switching and several different scholars' opinions on the reasoning behind it.
* Chapter 6 was about a lot of interesting stuff. It looked at domains, the varying audiences, politeness, illocutionary acts, gender, ad slang.
* Chapter 7 starts looking at variation and gave a history of this subfield. It also gave some helpful tips on how to do an interview.
* Chapter 8 covered broad topics such as real-time and apparent time studies, language change during a lifetime, and social networking,
* Chapter 9 was about traditional dialectology and what happens when dialects come into contact.
* Chapter 10 was interesting and it was about ways that language is valued among groups of people. Pretty interesting stuff.
* Chapter 11 was a little weird. It was about a lot of Bell's own research. It covered a bit more on Audience Design and performing identities.
* Chapter 12 was a quick overview of the book and the field of sociolinguistics.
I would recommend the book to anyone studying linguistics, and especially sociolinguistics. That's kind of a given. I enjoyed this book, and I think many other people would as well.
The definitions of key Sociolinguistics terms was well done.
The research activities at the end of each chapter were unnecessary and pretty ridiculous.
The problem with this book is that it is very basic, essentially meant to be used in a classroom, with regular intervals of "discussion questions" and "quizzes" that take up a lot of text. You're better off getting the more standard tomes on the subject. This is not intended for reading on its own.