Book review : Sociolinguistics in Scotland edited by Robert Lawson

Scott, MR ORCID: 2014, 'Book review : Sociolinguistics in Scotland edited by Robert Lawson' , The Bottle Imp, 15 .

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In this edited volume, Robert Lawson brings together scholars with diverse specialisms including phonology, syntax, lexicology and onomastics. Jennifer Smith's Foreword sets the scene by drawing attention to the many varieties of language encountered in twenty-first century Scotland. The complex interplay of Scottish English, Scots, Gaelic and other languages presents scholars with a sometimes bewildering array of linguistic and social variables and communication styles. As many of the studies discussed in this book demonstrate, untangling both the 'what' and the 'why' of language use and change is not always straightforward, but sociolinguists have a wide array of tools for the job. Scotland can be both a fascinating place to study and a proving ground for new methodologies.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: The Bottle Imp
Publisher: Association for Scottish Literary Studies
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Depositing User: Dr Maggie Scott
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 14:04
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:33

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