sociolinguistics

(noun) The study of the relationship between society and language.

Example: Sociolinguists study dialects and argots.

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  • A (noun) sociolinguist studies language by researching (adjective) sociolinguistic phenomena.
  • Also called sociology of language.

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How to Cite the Definition of Sociolinguistics

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sociolinguistics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 19, 2018 (http://sociologydictionary.org/sociolinguistics/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

sociolinguistics. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/sociolinguistics/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sociolinguistics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 19, 2018. http://sociologydictionary.org/sociolinguistics/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“sociolinguistics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://sociologydictionary.org/sociolinguistics/>.