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sociolinguistics

[ soh-see-oh-ling-gwis-tiks, soh-shee- ]

noun

, (used with a singular verb)
  1. the study of language as it functions in society; the study of the interaction between linguistic and social variables.


sociolinguistics

/ ˌsəʊsɪəʊlɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks /

noun

  1. functioning as singular the study of language in relation to its social context


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Derived Forms

  • ˌsociolinˈguistic, adjective
  • ˌsocioˈlinguist, noun

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Other Words From

  • soci·o·linguist noun
  • soci·o·lin·guistic adjective
  • soci·o·lin·guisti·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sociolinguistics1

First recorded in 1935–40; socio- + linguistics

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Example Sentences

She studied in France and Norway, and attended Hollins College in Virginia where she majored in sociolinguistics.

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