This book challenges the predominance of mainstream sociolinguistic theories by focusing on lesser known sociolinguistic systems, from regions of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, the European Mediterranean, and Slavic regions as well as specific speech communities such as those speaking Nivkh, Jamaican Creole, North Saami, and Central Yup’ik.

In nineteen chapters, the specialist authors look at key sociolinguistic aspects of each region or speech community, such as gender, politeness strategies, speech patterns and the effects of social hierarchy on language, concentrating on the differences from mainstream models. The volume, introduced by Miriam Meyerhoff, has been written by the leading expert of each specific region or community and includes contributions by Rajend Mesthrie, Marc Greenberg and Daming Xu. This publication draws together connections across regions/communities and considers how mainstream sociolinguistics is incomplete or lacking. It reveals how lesser-known cultures can play an important role in the building of theory in sociolinguistics.

Globalising Sociolinguistics is essential reading for any researcher in sociolinguistics and language variation and will be a key reference for advanced sociolinguistics courses.

chapter 1|15 pages

“Tings change, all tings change”: the changing face of sociolinguistics with a global perspective

ByMiriam Meyerhoff, James N. Stanford

chapter 2|21 pages

The Westernising mechanisms in sociolinguistics

ByDick Smakman

part |2 pages

Introduction to Part III

chapter 11|11 pages

Class in the social labyrinth of South America

ByElisa Battisti, João Ignacio Pires Lucas

chapter 13|16 pages

The study of politeness and women’s language in Japan

ByPatrick Heinrich

part |2 pages

Introduction to Part IV

chapter 15|14 pages

Nivkh writing practices: literacy and vitality in an endangered language

ByHidetoshi Shiraishi, Bert Botma

chapter 16|10 pages

The Jamaican language situation: a process, not a type

ByHubert Devonish, Kadian Walters

chapter 17|10 pages

Nutemllaq Yugtun Qaneryararput: our very own way of speaking Yugtun in Alaska

ByTheresa Arevgaq John

chapter 18|13 pages

Variation in North Saami

ByAnte Aikio, Laura Arola, Niina Kunnas

chapter 19|14 pages

Gaelic Scotland and Ireland: issues of class and diglossia in an evolving social landscape

ByCassie Smith-Christmas and Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin

chapter |2 pages

Concluding remarks

ByDick Smakman, Patrick Heinrich