Social scientists have devoted much attention to investigating the social meaning of spoken language and more recently written language in the form of corpora. Phonologists and phoneticians have grappled with reading scripts and designing orthographies for unwritten languages as technical challenges, but until now few have considered the social implications of nuts-and-bolts scripts and orthography themselves. Here sociolinguists explore such topics as orthography and orthodoxy in post-Soviet Russia, the discourse of deligitimation of Urdu in India, how Manx was reduced to writing in the 17th century, sociolinguistic variation in instant messaging punctuation, and a multivariate study of Jamaican emails and blogs. Annotation c2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Alexandra Jaffe, California State University Long Beach, USA;Jannis Androutsopoulos, University of Hamburg, Germany; Mark Sebba, Lancaster University, UK; Sally Johnson, University of Leeds, UK.