Definitions

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  • noun A person who studies sociolinguistics.

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  • noun a linguist who studies the social and cultural factors that influence linguistic communication

Etymologies

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Back-formation from sociolinguistics.

Examples

  • Four native-born residents from different neighborhoods talk to a sociolinguist and documentary filmmaker who have studied the city's signature speech patterns.

    You Tawkin' to New Yawk?

  • An undergrad professor of mine (sociolinguist) felt that these quick changes are probably due to “misuse” (neo-use?) in the popular media.

    Flout good taste; flaunt your excesses « Motivated Grammar

  • As an sociolinguist, I can tell you there is no such thing as ‘American’ English, and vocabulary varies based on regional differences just like anywhere else.

    I say pyjama…

  • We assume this, anyway, because The New York Times billed the program as "a face-to-face, word-to-word confrontation," and even though Bly insisted at the outset that this was just typical media exaggeration, what else could account for the sellout crowd to hear a discussion between a mythic poet and a sociolinguist?

    Speaking Softly, Carrying No Stick

  • The sociolinguist says a true apology has four parts: admitting fault, showing remorse, acknowledging damage and indicating how it will be repaired.

    Contrition as Leadership

  • A University of Toronto sociolinguist finds that fewer Canadians are using a certain monosyllabic Canadian codeword these days.

    odds and ends, eh

  • I happily carry barbs from a housemate (a computational linguist) to a senior colleague (a sociolinguist).

    oh, the irony, part 2

  • Thus the native speaker of the grammarian would be different from the native speaker of the sociolinguist or the educationalist.

    languagehat.com: NATIVE SPEAKER.

  • Thus the native speaker of the grammarian would be different from the native speaker of the sociolinguist or the educationalist.

    languagehat.com: NATIVE SPEAKER.

  • But according to John Singler, a sociolinguist and chair of the New York University linguistics department, any word can evolve in the way "f___" has.

    No C-Word, Please, We're American! Brits Export Last Linguistic Taboo

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