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 (sō′sē-ō-lĭng-gwĭs′tĭks, -shē-)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of language and linguistic behavior as influenced by social and cultural factors.

so′ci·o·lin′guist n.
so′ci·o·lin·guis′tic adj.
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Noun1.sociolinguist - a linguist who studies the social and cultural factors that influence linguistic communication
linguist, linguistic scientist - a specialist in linguistics
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Sociolinguist, Dr Ella Jones from the University of Essex, said the change in Meghan's accent could be down to her wanting to fit in.
The development of context-relevant teaching tools using local and indigenous knowledge: Reflections of a sociologist, a sociolinguist and a feminist scholar.
"It's amazing what we can learn today about ourselves and our ancestors, and the role they may have played in history" says Ceil Lucas, a sociolinguist, amateur genealogist, and editor and coauthor of 22 books.
"At that time," she says, "I didn't expect to learn their language and teach it in Japan." Today, she is a sociolinguist and an expert on Yiddish language and culture based in Tokyo.
Alvarez-Caccamo proposes a communicative view of codes and indexical values of varieties that distinguishes "speech variety." The sociolinguist suggests speaking of "switches" only at points where communicative activities change or local identities are reconfigured (2013, 38).
But as a sociolinguist who studies human-computer interaction, I started thinking about how self-driving cars will communicate with the human drivers they encounter on the road.
Abdesalam Soudi, a US sociolinguist who studies human-computer interaction, recently penned an article after making a sudden left turn into his university campus just as the light turned green -- while facing a driverless car.
Using a musical metaphor, sociolinguist Guadalupe Valdes says: "By alternating between their languages, bilinguals are able to use their total speech repertoire, which includes many levels, and styles and modes of speaking in two languages.
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Sociolinguist David Harrison suggests that "a language no longer being learned by children as their native tongue is known as 'moribund'.