[ soh-see-oh-ling-gwis-tiks, soh-shee- ]
/ ˌsoʊ si oʊ lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪks, ˌsoʊ ʃi- /
noun (used with a singular verb)
the study of language as it functions in society; the study of the interaction between linguistic and social variables.
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Related formsso·ci·o·lin·guist, nounso·ci·o·lin·guis·tic, adjectiveso·ci·o·lin·guis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for sociolinguistics
/ (ˌsəʊsɪəʊlɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks) /
(functioning as singular) the study of language in relation to its social context
Derived Formssociolinguist, nounsociolinguistic, adjective
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