sociolinguistics


so·cio·lin·guis·tics

noun plural but singular in construction \-tiks\

Definition of SOCIOLINGUISTICS

:  the study of linguistic behavior as determined by sociocultural factors
so·cio·lin·guist \-ˈliŋ-gwist\ noun

First Known Use of SOCIOLINGUISTICS

1938

sociolinguistics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Study of the sociological aspects of language. Sociolinguists attempt to isolate the linguistic features used in particular situations that mark the various social relationships among the participants and the significant elements of the situation. Factors influencing the choice of sounds, grammatical elements, and vocabulary may include age, gender, education, ethnic identity, occupation, and peer-group identification. See also interactionism, linguistics, pragmatics, semiotics.

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