Principles of Linguistic Change, Volume II, Social Factors
March 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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- written by one of the founders of modern sociolinguistics
- presents the results of several decades of inquiry into the social origins and social motivation of linguistic change.
- includes the first complete report on the Philadelphia project designed to establish the social location of the leaders of linguistic change
- includes chapters on social class, neighborhood, ethnicity, gender, and social networks that delineate the leaders of linguistic change as women of the upper working class with a high density of interaction within their neighborhoods and a high proportion of weak ties outside of it