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

part I|55 pages

Developing countries

chapter 3|15 pages

Ala! Kumbe? “Oh my! Is it so?”

Multilingualism controversies in East Africa

chapter 4|12 pages

A Sociolinguistic Mosaic of West Africa

Challenges and prospects

chapter 5|14 pages

Southeastern Asia

Diglossia and Politeness in a Multilingual Context

part II|58 pages

Less developed countries

chapter 7|12 pages

Speech Community and Linguistic Urbanization

Sociolinguistic theories developed in China

chapter 8|16 pages

Language Variation and Change

The Indian experience

chapter 9|14 pages

Gender in a North African Setting

A sociolinguistic overview

chapter 10|14 pages

The Creole-Speaking Caribbean

The architecture of language variation

part III|56 pages

Developed countries

chapter 12|14 pages

The Slavic Area

Trajectories, Borders, Centres and Peripheries in the Second World

chapter 14|13 pages

Positive Politeness in the European Mediterranean

Sociolinguistic notions

part IV|65 pages

Unstable multilingual communities

chapter 15|14 pages

Nivkh Writing Practices

Literacy and vitality in an endangered language

chapter 16|10 pages

The Jamaican Language Situation

A process, not a type

chapter 17|10 pages

Nutemllaq Yugtun Qaneryararput

Our very own way of speaking Yugtun in Alaska

chapter 18|13 pages

Variation in North Saami

chapter 19|14 pages

Gaelic Scotland and Ireland

Issues of class and diglossia in an evolving social landscape

chapter IV|2 pages

Concluding remarks