This book is an introductory text intended for nonspecialists in sociolinguistics or linguistics.
It is organized into four sections and designed so that its first section, the “Survey of
Sociolinguistics,” may be read alone or along with the accompanying selected readings in
the second part. The third and fourth sections are references and a glossary. The readings section
also contains study questions that refer to both the survey and the readings, leading the reader to
integrate the information in both sections. The topics covered in the survey include the social
study of language, the ethnography of speaking and structure of conversation, locating variations
in speech, styles, gender, and social class, bilinguals and bilingualism, societal multilingualism,
and applied sociolinguistics (which covers language policy and planning).