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Sociolinguistics is the study of how language is related to society, and how society affects the way language is used. Sociolinguistics studies how language varieties are different between groups of people based on sociolinguistic variables, such as: race, gender, status, age, etc.

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  • Lakoff, Robin T. (2000). The Language War. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21666-0
  • Meyerhoff, Miriam. (2006). Introducing Sociolinguistics. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-39948-3
  • Milroy, Lesley and Gordon. Matthew. (2003) Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation London: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-631-22225-1. (More advanced, but has lots of good examples and describes research methodologies to use.)
  • Paulston, Christina Bratt and G. Richard Tucker, editors. 1997. The early days of sociolinguistics: memories and reflections.‭ (Publications in Sociolinguistics, 2.) Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  • Trudgill, Peter. (2000). Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society(4th Ed.). London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-028921-6 This book is a very readable, if Anglo-centric, introduction for the non-linguist.
  • Watts, Richard J. (2003). Politeness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-79406-0. A sociolinguistics book specializing in the research in politeness. It's a little tough at times, but very helpful and informational.

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