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Meaning of sociolinguistics

so•ci•o•lin•guis•tics

Pronunciation: (sō"sē-ō-ling-gwis'tiks, sō"shē-), [key]
— n. (used with a sing. v.)
  1. the study of language as it functions in society; the study of the interaction between linguistic and social variables.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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