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The Handbook of Language Variation and Change

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1692-3
832 pages
February 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Language Variation and Change, written by a distinguished international roster of contributors, reflects the vitality and growth of the discipline in its multifaceted pursuits. It is a convenient, hand-held repository of the essential knowledge about the study of language variation and change.

  • Written by internationally recognized experts in the field.
  • Reflects the vitality and growth of the discipline.
  • Discusses the ideas that drive the field and is illustrated with empirical studies.
  • Includes explanatory introductions which set out the boundaries of the field and place each of the chapters into perspective.
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List of Contributors.

Preface.

Studying Language Variation: An Informal Epistemology: J.K. Chambers.

Part I: Methodologies.

Part II: Linguistic Structure.

Part III: Social Factors.

Part IV: Contact.

Part V: Language and Societies.

Index
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J. K. Chambers is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Sociolinguistic Theory: Language Variation and Its Social Significance (second edition, Blackwell 2003), and co-author with Peter Trudgill of Dialectology (second edition, 1998), as well as other books and scores of articles.


Peter Trudgill is Chair of English Linguistics at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is author of Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society (1996), and Dialects of England (second edition, Blackwell 1999), and co-editor with Laurie Bauer of Language Myths (1999). He is editor of Blackwell’s Language in Society series.

Natalie Schilling-Estes is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. She is co-author of Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue (1997) and American English (Blackwell 1998), both with Walt Wolfram.

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  • Written by internationally recognized experts in the field.

  • Reflects the vitality and growth of the discipline.

  • Discusses the ideas that drive the field and is illustrated with empirical studies.

  • Includes explanatory introductions which set out the boundaries of the field and place each of the chapters into perspective.
See More
“This is an addition to the invaluable ‘Handbook’ series from Blackwell and will be an essential purchase for anyone wishing to inform themselves about language variation and change … Each chapter is an interesting read in its own right, and it really can be read from cover to cover … It's a real achievement to maintain this level of excellence in a collection.” British Association of Applied Linguistics

"The Handbook of Language Variation and Change is a convenient, hand-held repository of the essential knowledge about the study of language variation and change. This Handbook allows the next generation of academics to perpetuate all of these fields of study and explore them with the kind of depth unimaginable to their predecessors." Folia Linguistica

"The Handbook of Language Variation and Change is a long-awaited volume which aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the 'socio-linguistic enterprise ... in its multifaceted pursuits'. This is indeed a challenge, but one that the volume thoroughly meets: it is an authoritative guide, which provides an excellent contribution to the diverse field of variationist studies." Journal of Linguistics

"Languages do not exist but in space and time. Their variability is what allows them to function as means of communication and social interaction. The present Handbook presents an up-to-date and in-depth account of how to study this aspect of language which is at the interface of historical linguistics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics. The editors and contributing authors are among the most prolific scholars in the field. Their collective effort shows us how the versatility of 'real' situated speech can be made an object of rigorous scientific investigation and what can be learned from it about language and society." Florian Coulmas, Gerhard Mercator University


"At last we have an authoritative place to go to discover the impressive accomplishments of the research on linguistic variation and change over the past forty years and to get a glimpse of the future. The editors of this Handbook have put together an excellent survey of what variationists do, produced by an admirable combination of scholars who helped found the field along with linguists from the next generation. This is an excellent volume. Buy it!" Ralph Fasold, Georgetown University

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