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Variationist Sociolinguistics: Change, Observation, Interpretation

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3590-0
424 pages
October 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Variationist Sociolinguistics: Change, Observation, Interpretation presents a comprehensive, intermediate level examination of Language Variation and Change, the branch of sociolinguistics concerned with linguistic variation in spoken and written language.
  • Represents the most up-to-date coverage of the history, developments, and methodologies of variationist sociolinguistics
  • Addresses all aspects of linguistic variation, including areas not usually covered in introductory texts, e.g. the phonological, morpho-syntactic, discourse/pragmatic
  • Outlines comparative sociolinguistic approach, data collection, methodological issues; and addresses state-of-the-art contemporary quantitative methods and statistical practice
  • Features cutting-edge research at an appropriate level to facilitate student learning
  • Engages students throughout with a variety of pedagogical features, including Mini Quizzes to test comprehension, extensive Exercises at the end of each chapter, the opportunity to do hands-on quantitative analysis of a never-before published data set, and Notes and Tips that offer insight into conducting sociolinguistic research. Extra materials and answers to the exercises are available at www.wiley.com/go/tagliamonte
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Series Editor’s Preface


List of Figures

List of Tables

1. Sociolinguistics as Language Variation and Change

2. Social Patterns

3. Linguistic Patterns

4. Data and Method

5. Quantitative Analysis

6. Comparative Sociolinguistics

7. Phonological Variables

8. Morpho-Syntactic Variables

9. Discourse/Pragmatic Features

10. Tense/Aspect Variables

11. Other Variables

12. Sociolinguistic Explanations

Appendix A: Corpora Cited

Appendix B: Time Periods in the History of English


Subject Index

Index of Linguistic Variables

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Sali A. Tagliamonte is a Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is author of Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation (2006), co-author of African American English in the Diaspora: Tense and Aspect (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001), and has published on African American varieties; British, Irish, and Canadian dialects; as well as child, teen, television, and Internet languages.
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“The author's aims of introducing the field of LVC to learners, discussing its principle goals and achievements, and opening up discussion for advances in the field have been successfully achieved in this volume.”  (LINGUIST, 16 May 2012)

Featured on CBC Radio One's Ontario Today (17th October), http://www.cbc.ca/ontariotoday/2011/10/17/tuesday-northern-and-southern-expressions/#socialcomments

"This book is a landmark in the study of language variation, with coverage that ranges from the practical details of gathering and processing data to the use of data in descriptive and theoretical argumentation. Best of all, it is embedded in the incredibly rich array of firsthand studies conducted by Tagliamonte and her colleagues; her research engagement and enthusiasm are truly inspiring." – Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University

"Readers of this authoritative, up to date survey from an experienced and influential researcher are sure to catch the excitement that comes from finding out how and why language varies.” – Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London

"This is more than an introduction: it provides a thorough training in the analysis of linguistic change and variation by a master of the trade.  Tagliamonte's book will launch students into the field ready to do important work." – William Labov, University of Pennsylvania

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