A very neat, short overview of what sociolinguistics is all about, from the Linguistic Society of America.
Dell Hymes was one of the founders of modern sociolinguistics, and was responsible for formulating the S.P.E.A.K.I.N.G. model. Here is a very general overview.
A quick YouTube video overviewing the S.P.E.A.K.I.N.G. model - just an initial, basic run through of the descriptive categories.
A very well-written and insightful reference book, with explanations grounded in solid linguistic data. Available online. (Flinders Library link).
A foundational, landmark collection of readings, still worth looking through even thirty years down the track. This link is to the Flinders Library catalogue.
An outstanding overview of language, culture, cognition & communication, with incisive theoretical explanation supported by finely analysed language data. (Flinders Library link)
This is a standard text and reference book in this area of sociolinguistics - densely packed with information, exciting content, not always exciting writing. (Link is to Flinders Library).
One of the classic studies in the ethnography of communication. From: The South Western Journal of Anthropology. 26:3.
Examining real language data, this article looks at different cultural ideas of 'dialogue'. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 2011, Vol.4(2), p.87-108 (Flinders Library link).
Deborah Tannen does fine, insightful research on standard American English. See also her 'popular' books on male vs female speech (supported by great research, but written in non-stuffy English.)
A useful overview of the S.P.E.A.K.I.N.G. model, followed by an application of it to the 'Friends' TV show. I'm not sure that the application is always particularly insightful, but see what you think.
A brief look at respect registers in some Aboriginal languages. From Michael Walsh & Colin Yallop (eds). Language & Culture in Aboriginal Australia. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
A very thoughtful study of the world view of Aboriginal English speakers. From Ian Keen (ed) (1988) Being Black: Aboriginal Cultures in Settled Australia. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
An outstanding work of ethnography, focusing on language, meaning and culture in an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. (Flinders Library link)
An ethnographic study of an Aboriginal 'fringe-dweller' community in Darwin, focusing on sociolinguistic conventions. (Flinders Library link).