This state-of-the-art volume offers a comprehensive, accessible, and uniquely interdisciplinary examination of social factors’ role in second language acquisition (SLA) through different theoretical paradigms, methodological traditions, populations, contexts, and language groups. Top scholars from around the world synthesize current and past work, contextualize the central issues, and set the future research agenda on second language variation, including languages studied or taught less commonly. This will be an indispensable resource to scholars and advanced students of SLA, applied linguistics, education, and other fields interested in the social aspects of language learning in research practice and instruction.

part I|110 pages

Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in the Study of Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics

chapter 3|15 pages

Sociolinguistic Competence

What We Know So Far and Where We're Heading

chapter 4|14 pages

Usage-Based SLA

From Corpora to Social Interaction

chapter 5|13 pages

Pedagogical Norms and Standards

part II|75 pages

Sociolinguistic Factors and their Role in Second Language Acquisition

chapter 9|13 pages

Social Networks

chapter 11|14 pages


chapter 12|13 pages

Style and (In)Formality

Developing Socio-Stylistic Variation in a Second Language

part III|87 pages

Tools for Research on Second Language Sociolinguistics

part IV|81 pages

Learner Populations and Learning Contexts

part V|76 pages

Language-Specific Research on Second Language Sociolinguistics