The book discusses key approaches to stylistic variation, including such issues as attention paid to speech, audience design, identity construction, the corpus study of register, genre, distinctiveness and the anthropological study of style. Rigorous and engaging, this book will become the standard work on stylistic variation. It will be welcomed by students and academics in sociolinguistics, English language, dialectology, anthropology and sociology.
This is a great book for anyone looking to get a sense of the field of language policy. Spolsky has a clear writing style that makes the book easy to follow, along with a comprehensive index. He also manages to combine a broad overview of the subject with detailed case studies of various countries on different continents. It is a great starting point for anyone with an interest in the politics of language.