Definition of sociolinguistics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsōsēōliNGˈɡwistiks/

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The study of language in relation to social factors, including differences of regional, class, and occupational dialect, gender differences, and bilingualism.
Example sentences
  • If we look across the social and behavioral sciences - outside of sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics - there are remarkably few cases where linguistic analysis plays any explicit role in research.
  • Not all scholars are agreed on the boundaries and relationship between linguistics and sociolinguistics.
  • His publications are in the areas of sociolinguistics and linguistic media studies in German, English, and Greek.



Pronunciation: /-ˈliNGɡwist/
Example sentences
  • Some sociolinguists believe that linguists should have as their objective the compilation of multilectal grammar: a grammar that would take into account all variation within a given language.
  • By studying the sounds, grammars, and meanings of different dialects, sociolinguists examine how language functions in society and why it varies.
  • It's not helpful to shame people for their dialects, the sociolinguists seem to say.


Pronunciation: /ˌsōsēōliNGˈɡwistik/
Example sentences
  • The view of language which emerges from the sociolinguistic study of urban dialects is that of a structured but variable system, whose use is conditioned by both internal and external factors.
  • Adequate understanding of linguistic, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistic factors was considered essential in developing a coherent heritage language education policy.
  • The study of signed languages can reveal whether or not sociolinguistic phenomena previously observed for spoken languages are general across modalities.


Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • There are many other variables in English which show similar sociolinguistically significant distributions, such as those studied in Norwich in the 1970s in an urban dialect study modeled after the New York research.
  • It is evident that Latinate vocabulary consists of a stylistically or sociolinguistically elevated layer in the overall English vocabulary.
  • The textbook does use the reference terms of ‘Mr.’, ‘Mrs. ’, and ‘Ms.’ but in a sociolinguistically inappropriate manner.

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Syllabification: so·ci·o·lin·guis·tics

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