Language and Social Networks, 2nd Edition
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
Preface to the Second Edition.
1. Language, Class and Community.
2. Obtaining Data in the Speech Community: Major Principles.
3. Studying Language in the Community: The Fieldworker and the Social Network.
4. The Social Context of Speech Events.
5. The Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Data.
6. The Language of the Individual Speaker: Patterns of Variation and Network Structure.
7. Conclusions and Theoretical Implications.
- First published in 1980, Language and Social Networks has had a great influence on the development of sociolinguistics
- investigates the manner in which patterns of linguistic variation characterize particular groups (social and cultural, geographic, male and female) within a complex urban community
- incorporates an extensive new chapter reappraising the original research and discussing other sociolinguistic work in the same paradigm