Definitions for "Sociolinguistics"
the branch of linguistics that considers social aspects of language use patterns and the ways that language is used to construct and maintain social structures. Some of the topics studied by sociolinguists include language and identity, language and gender, dialectical variation (Where do people say soda? pop? Coke? soft drink?), language change and language contact, bilingualism, and many others.
the study of language in relation to its sociocultural context
The study of how language is used by different societal groups and across various social situations. This includes the study of linguistic variation, linguistic change, and sociocultural factors that influence language use.