From the publisher:
Sociolinguistics: The Essential Readings is a collection of classic articles that have helped define the field of sociolinguistics and provide the foundation for future research, paired with more recent articles which indicate the direction the field has taken. * Offers a collection of classic articles that helped to define the field of sociolinguistics paired with more contemporary articles. * Contextualizes the history of the subject matter and helps students understand the progression of intellectual development in the field. * Includes an editorial introduction written by two prominent researchers in the field, as well as recommendations for further readings.