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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics
The books included in this series provide comprehensive accounts of some of the most central and most rapidly developing areas of research in linguistics. Intended primarily for introductory and post-introductory students, they include exercises, discussion points, and suggestions for further reading.

1.

Liliane Haegeman

2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
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Andrew Spencer
Helen Goodluck
Ronald Wardhaugh
Martin Atkinson
Diane Blakemore
Michael Kenstowicz
Deborah Schiffrin
John Clark and Colin Yallop

10.
11.
12.
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Natsuko Tsujimura
Robert D. Borsley
Nigel Fabb
Irene Heim and Angelika
Kratzer
14. Liliane Haegeman and
Jacqueline Guéron
15. Stephen Crain and Diane
Lillo-Martin
16. Joan Bresnan
17. Barbara A. Fennell
18. Henry Rogers
19. Benjamin W. Fortson IV
20.

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Introduction to Government and Binding
Theory (Second Edition)
Morphological Theory
Language Acquisition
Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Fifth Edition)
Children’s Syntax
Understanding Utterances
Phonology in Generative Grammar
Approaches to Discourse
An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
(Second Edition)
An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
Modern Phrase Structure Grammar
Linguistics and Literature
Semantics in Generative Grammar
English Grammar: A Generative
Perspective
An Introduction to Linguistic Theory
and Language Acquisition
Lexical-Functional Syntax
A History of English: A Sociolinguistic
Approach
Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach
Indo-European Language and Culture:
An Introduction
Thinking Syntactically: A Guide to
Argumentation and Analysis

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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics
FIFTH EDITION

Ronald Wardhaugh

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© 1986, 1992, 1998, 2002, 2006 by Ronald Wardhaugh
BLACKWELL PUBLISHING
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The right of Ronald Wardhaugh to be identified as the Author of this Work has been asserted in accordance with the UK Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, except as permitted by the UK Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act 1988, without the prior permission of the publisher. First published 1986 by Basil Blackwell Ltd

Second edition (1992), third edition (1998), and fourth edition (2002) published by Blackwell Publishers Ltd
Fifth edition published 2006 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
1 2006
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Wardhaugh, Ronald.
An introduction to sociolinguistics / Ronald Wardhaugh. — 5th ed. p. cm. — (Blackwell textbooks in linguistics ; 4)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-3559-7 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN-10: 1-4051-3559-X (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Sociolinguistics. I. Title. II. Series.
P40.W27 2006
306.44—dc22
2005019312
A catalogue record for this title is available from the British Library. Set in 10/12pt Sabon
by Graphicraft Limited, Hong Kong
Printed and bound in the United Kingdom
by TJ International Ltd, Padstow, Cornwall
The publisher’s policy is to use permanent paper from mills that operate a sustainable forestry policy, and which has been manufactured from pulp processed using acid-free and elementary chlorine-free practices. Furthermore, the publisher ensures that the text paper and cover board used have met acceptable environmental accreditation standards.

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

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1 Introduction
Knowledge...
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