General Linguistics

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Define Sociolinguistics

Say whether the following statements about sociolinguistics are right or wrong:

(a) Sociolinguistics focuses on language as a static, i.e. invariant, phenomenon. (:vips 12159:)

(b) Sociolinguistics is concerned with language as a social phenomenon. (:vips 12160:)

(c) Sociolinguistics can be described as the study of language in society. (:vips 12161:)

(d) Sociolinguistics investigates (the principles of) linguistic variation within speech communities. (:vips 12162:)

(e) Linguistic variation is typically restricted to pronunciation features. (:vips 12163:)

(f) The core area of sociolinguistics is regional dialectology. (:vips 12164:)