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date: 04 March 2021

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Since emerging as a field of inquiry in the 1960s, sociolinguistics has focused on the interrelationship of language and society. But as it expanded, it did so primarily on the linguistic front. This volume builds on other attempts to reclaim the interdisciplinary nature of sociolinguistics by insisting that the interpenetration of language in society and society in language makes a division impossible. The title, Language AND Society, gives both parts equal footing, and use of the term sociolinguistics extends beyond linguistics and refers to the interdisciplinary enterprise that studies language and society. In addition to reclaiming the interdisciplinary roots of sociolinguistics, this Handbook seeks to move beyond the conceptual frameworks that informed twentieth-century sociolinguistics by including scholars from around the world, and to pass from original modernist and structuralist conceptualizations of language and of society into critical poststructuralist positions.

Keywords: critical poststructuralist sociolinguistics, language, poststructuralism, sociolinguistics, society

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