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sociolinguistics

[-ling·gwis′tiks]
the study of the relationship between language and the social context in which it occurs. sociolinguistic, adj.
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It is sometimes considered as a "London" and not an "Estuary" feature though it is difficult to ascertain, in the absence of socioeconomically stratified and sociolinguistically sophisticated analyses, how such judgments are made.
Sociolinguistically, they might be isolated as the items to which we have most natural and regular recourse in contexts such as talking to foreigners or to young children (1990: 63).
Sociolinguistically distinguished varieties (sociolects) were identified in Jakobstad, Ekenas, and Lovisa, but not in Kristinestad.
Dobson's (1968: 656) explanation of the narrowing of long close [e:] is determined sociolinguistically as he maintained that the new raised pronunciation reflected a conscious effort of the educated speakers of English to render French very tense long close [e:], the result being an i-like vowel in that set of words.
In present-day Mexican Spanish, leismo appears to be sociolinguistically restricted to upper-class speakers and certain registers (cf.
in the sociolinguistically appropriate setting), resulting in less target-like performance than in informal style.