Conference Paper: Sociolinguistics and Sociology: Current Directions, Future Partnerships

28 10 2009

Christine Mallinson
(University of Maryland)

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Commentary 1 PDF – Richard Cameron (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Commentary 2 PDF – Robin Dodsworth (North Carolina State University)

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In this article, I discuss the past, present, and future of interdisciplinary scholarship between sociolinguists and sociologists. After detailing some of the broader history of collaboration between sociolinguists and sociologists, I examine two sub-areas of scholarship: the variationist tradition from sociolinguistics and the social stratification tradition from sociology. I contend that, given their complementary research questions and analytic traditions, these areas provide new potential for interdisciplinary research initiatives. I give suggestions for research partnerships between sociolinguists and sociologists, and close with a discussion of some practical ways in which sociolinguists and sociologists can build interdisciplinarity both pedagogically as well as professionally.



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