Book notice:

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Oct 4 19:47:33 UTC 2006

Sociolinguistics / Soziolinguistik Vol 3
An International Handbook of the Science of Language and Society
Series Title: Handbuecher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft /
Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 3/3
2006 Mouton de Gruyter

Editor: Ulrich Ammon, Universitt Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Editor: Norbert Dittmar,

Since the publication of the first edition of the handbook
Sociolinguistics, the then young discipline has changed and developed
considerably. The field has left behind its status as an interdiscipline
between sociology and linguistics and is now a worldwide established
field.  Sociolinguistics continues to contribute to solving practical
problems in areas such as language planning and standardization, language
policy, as well as in language didactics and speech therapy.

Moreover, new topics and areas of application have arisen from the
autonomy of the discipline - these have been systematically and
extensively included in the second edition of the handbook. The new
overall concept depicts the regional and disciplinary representativity of
sociolinguistic research while offering an encyclopedia-like useability
for all its readers. This includes theoretical depth and stringency for
readers interested in theory, as well as methodical abundance and detail
for empirical researchers.

The descriptions of methods are often so informative and precise that they
can be directly used in the preparation of project planning. Similarly,
the descriptions in the practice-oriented articles are so precise that
users can accurately assess to what extent they can expect a certain
sociolinguistic approach to help solve their problems. With an extensive
description as its goal, the second edition of the handbook
Sociolinguistics takes into account the current standing of the discipline
and the modified structure of the field.


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