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Communication Accommodation Theory

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Title: Florian Coulmas, Sociolinguistics: The study of speakers' choices
Author: Iyabo F. Osiapem
Institution: College of William and Mary
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Florian Coulmas, Sociolinguistics: The study of speakers' choices. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. 263. Pb

In his new textbook, Coulmas provides readers an easy introduction to sociolinguistics, using speaker choice as the central notion for discussion. In a comfortable conversational style, the author slowly introduces topics, using common examples to demonstrate how sociolinguists think about language use. He provides summaries of findings of key sociolinguistic studies that illustrate ideas without overloading readers with unnecessary and cumbersome details of those studies. The book is accessible for beginning sociolinguistics students and is equally engaging for those already familiar with sociolinguistic concepts, largely because the author uses such interesting and global research to illustrate ideas.

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This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 36, Issue 3.

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