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Principles of Linguistic Change, 3 Volume Set

Principles of Linguistic Change, 3 Volume Set

William Labov

ISBN: 978-1-444-32788-5 November 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 1720 Pages


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Written by the world-renowned pioneer in the field of modern sociolinguistics, this three-volume set examines the historical, social, cognitive, and cultural factors responsible for linguistic change.
  • Presents the results of several decades of inquiry into the social origins and motivation of linguistic change
  • Develops the general principles of linguistic change that form the foundations of historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics
  • Includes the first complete report on the Philadelphia project designed to establish the social location of the leaders of linguistic change
  • Documents the rapid changes in progress in the cities of America and England
  • A newly-complete trilogy that has shaped the course of variationist sociolinguistic inquiry