International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 11 (2017)

Socio-Linguistics and language variation


R Umagandhi, R Sindhuja

We can describe linguistics as a systematic learning of the way in which a language works. The word ‘Linguistics’ has been derived from Latin lingua (tongue) and is tics (knowledge or science). Etymologically, therefore, linguistics is the scientific study of language. Language is a social- cultural- geographical phenomenon. There is a cavernous bond between language and society. It is in civilization that man acquires and uses language. When we study a language which is an abstraction of abstractions, a system of systems, we have to study its further abstractions such as dialects, sociolects, and idiolects. As J.B. Pride says, “socio- linguistics is not simply an amalgam of linguistics and sociology (or indeed of linguistics and any other of the social sciences)”.
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