Sociolinguistic scales in retrospect

Jan Blommaert

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In this commentary, I offer a review of how sociolinguistic scales featured in the development of my own work over the past decade. Scales, I explain, were always indispensable as an imaginative concept allowing a reimagination of sociolinguistic facts, but the concept of scales was never sufficient to adequately address this reimagined reality. I illustrate this point by means of an account of how scales helped me address three fundamental problems: The problem of meaning, that of situatedness, and that of indexicality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-380
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Linguistics Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021


  • asylum seekers
  • complexity
  • globalization
  • indexicality
  • polycentricity
  • scales
  • sociolinguistic theory


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