Definition of sociolinguistics in English:


plural noun

  • treated as singular The study of language in relation to social factors, including differences of regional, class, and occupational dialect, gender differences, and bilingualism.

    • ‘Her research has focused on language, culture and identity, sociolinguistics, discourse and interaction.’
    • ‘Professor Joshua Fishman, regarded as one of the founders of sociolinguistics, challenges the widely held view that English, as the global lingua franca, is cutting a swathe through regional and local languages.’
    • ‘Haeri relied on sociolinguistic interviews for data elicitation and adopted analytical techniques of the standard quantitative approach of urban sociolinguistics.’
    • ‘Broadly construed, interactional sociolinguistics views ‘language as indexical to a social world.’’
    • ‘In yesterday's post on disgust for voices and accents, I suggested tentatively that this topic had been missed both in the literature on disgust and the literature on sociolinguistics.’
    • ‘This paper combines perspectives from sociolinguistics, musicology, fashion and dance theory to propose a new analytical model that I call ‘corporealinguistics’.’
    • ‘His publications are in the areas of sociolinguistics and linguistic media studies in German, English, and Greek.’
    • ‘It is characteristic of all work in sociolinguistics, however, that it focuses on English and other languages as they are used by ordinary people to communicate with one another and to develop and maintain social relationships.’
    • ‘Recently sociolinguistics have been paying much attention to the appropriation of English across the globe.’
    • ‘Regarding the first principle, the lessons of sociolinguistics demonstrate that language prejudice is not grounded in linguistic reality, but in social considerations.’
    • ‘In order to make sense of these elisions, we need to turn our attention momentarily to a more focused consideration of such instances of language use, one account of which is offered by sociolinguistics.’
    • ‘The book is decidedly a valuable contribution to Arabic sociolinguistics and to the theory of sociolinguistics in general.’
    • ‘You can trace that from William Labov and his street-level sociolinguistics, or further back if you want to.’
    • ‘While she doesn't find that surprising, what continues to surprise me is how rarely composition experts have looked toward sociolinguistics to inform what is usually an interdisciplinary field of study.’
    • ‘I am taking a sociolinguistics class and wanted to write my paper on the subject of linguistic determinism and how it affects society.’
    • ‘Dickey applies the methods of modern sociolinguistics to her material.’
    • ‘The researcher better serves his interests and those of sociolinguistics if he or she attempts to find a direct approach to studying the phenomena in question.’
    • ‘If he knew more about sociolinguistics, he might be able to use his power and his bully pulpit to advocate for what the discipline sees as the solution to the literacy crisis - teaching youth how to shift easily between dialects.’
    • ‘Not all scholars are agreed on the boundaries and relationship between linguistics and sociolinguistics.’
    • ‘If we look across the social and behavioral sciences - outside of sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics - there are remarkably few cases where linguistic analysis plays any explicit role in research.’