sociolinguistics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
so·​cio·​lin·​guis·​tics | \ ˌsō-sē-ō-liŋ-ˈgwi-stiks How to pronounce sociolinguistics (audio) , ˌsō-shē- \

Definition of sociolinguistics

: the study of linguistic behavior as determined by sociocultural factors

Other Words from sociolinguistics

sociolinguist \ ˌsō-​sē-​ō-​ˈliŋ-​gwist How to pronounce sociolinguistics (audio) , ˌsō-​shē-​ \ noun

First Known Use of sociolinguistics

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Sociolinguistics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sociolinguistics. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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