This is an accessible introduction to the major areas of sociolinguistics as they relate to sign languages and deaf communities. Clearly organized, it brings together a team of leading experts in sign linguistics to survey the field, and covers a wide range of topics including variation, multilingualism, bilingualism, language attitudes, discourse analysis, language policy and planning. Each chapter introduces the key issues in each area of inquiry and provides a comprehensive review of the literature. The book also includes suggestions for further reading and helpful exercises.
' ... this volume stands as an authoritative and unified text on the various fields of sociolinguistics of sign languages.' Journal of Sociolinguistics 'SSL is a good introductory textbook on the topic of sociolinguistics with regard to sign languages ... in conjunction with in-class lectures, supplementary readings, and further research, students can develop a good foundation of knowledge in this subject area ... it fills a definite gap in the current resource materials available for the teaching of deaf-related issues.' Language in Society