Principles of Linguistic Change, Volume I, Internal Factors
July 1994, Wiley-Blackwell
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- demonstrates the social as well as cognitive relevance of linguistic research
- develops the general principles of linguistic change that form the foundations of historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics
- shows that rapid linguistic change is in progress in the cities of America and England so that urban dialects are becoming more and more differentiated
- discusses factors that govern the internal development of linguistic structures: the mechanisms of change, the constraints on change, and the ways in which change is embedded in the larger linguistic system