Translation from the original Russian edition. The first Soviet text-book on sociolinguistics, the book introduces the reader to some of its basic problems, such as language and social structure, language as a social factor, language and nation, language and culture, language and the sociology of an individual, sociolinguistics and Marxist sociology. It focuses on such theoretical issues as the subject-matter of sociolinguistics, the functioning of sociocommunicative systems, language policy and social aspects of verbal behavior.
1. Foreword; 2. Part One: The Philosophical Problems of Sociolinguistics; 3. Marxist Sociology and Sociolinguistics; 4. Language and Social Structure; 5. Language as a Social Factor; 6. Language and Nation; 7. Language and Culture; 8. Language and the Sociology of an Individual; 9. Part Two: The Theoretical Problems of Sociolinguistics; 10. The Subject-Matter of Sociolinguistics; 11. The Conceptual Framework of Sociolinguistics; 12. Communities and Unities; 13. Sociocommunicative Systems; 14. Stratificational and Situational Variation of Language; 15. The Functioning of Sociocommunicative Systems; 16. Language Situation; 17. Linguistic Communication, Communicative Function and Functional Types of Idioms; 18. The Concept of "Function" and Functional Types of Idioms; 19. Definition of a Language Situation; 20. Toward a Typology of Language Situations; 21. Exoglossic Balanced Language Situations; 22. Exoglossic Unbalanced Language Situations; 23. Endoglossic Balanced Language Situations; 24. Endoglossic Unbalanced Language Situations; 25. Bilingualism and Diglossia; 26. Language Policy; 27. Typology of Language Policy; 28. Language Policy Stages; 29. Social Aspects of Verbal Behaviour; 30. Toward a Sociolinguistic Theory of Verbal Behaviour; 31. Social Determinants of Verbal Behaviour; 32. Sociolinguistic Models of Verbal Behaviour; 33. Part Three: Methods of Sociolinguistic Studies; 34. Methods of Collecting Sociolinguistic Data; 35. Methods of Sociolinguistic Analysis; 36. Summary; 37. Footnotes; 38. Bibliography; 39. Subject Index; 40. Author Index; 41. Postscript
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