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The Handbook of Language Variation and Change (Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics)

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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.

The book begins with an examination of the methodologies employed by linguists working in linguistic variation and change, and then addresses the levels of linguistic structure that have been the main foci of work in the field. The volume presents views of linguistic variation in the diverse contexts that give it meaning and significance, across generations, social strata, and domains of interaction. It further covers variation through geographical space, and language and dialect contact from a variationist perspective, while also considering the implications that research in different types of societies may have for work in the field.

Each section begins with an introduction by the editors which sets out the boundaries of the field and places each of the chapters in perspective. 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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Introduction.

Studying Language Variation: An Informal Epistemology: J.K. Chambers (University of Toronto, Canada).

Part I: Methodologies:.

Field Methods:.

Introduction: Natalie Schilling-Estes (Georgetown University, USA).

1. Entering the Community: Field Work: Crawford Feagin (University of Zurich, Switzerland).

2. Language with an Attitude: Dennis Preston (Michigan State University, USA).

3. Investigating Variation and Change in Written Documents: Edgar W. Schneider (University of Regensburg, Germany).

4. Inferring Variation and Change from Public Corpora: Laurie Bauer (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ).

Evaluation:.

Introduction: J.K. Chambers (University of Toronto, Canada).

5. The Quantitative Paradigm: Robert Bayley (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA).

6. Implicational Scales: John R. Rickford (Stanford University, USA).

7. Instrumental Phonetics: Erik R. Thomas (North Carolina State University, USA).

Part II: Linguistic Structure:.

Introduction: Natalie Schilling-Estes (Georgetown University, USA).

8. Variation and Phonological Theory: Arto Anttila (Boston University/National University of Singapore).

9. Investigating Chain Shifts and Mergers: Matthew Gordon (University of Missouri at Columbia, USA).

10. Variation and Syntactic Theory: Alison Henry (Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland).

11. Discourse Variation: Ronald Macaulay (Pitzer College, USA).

Part III: Social Factors:.

Time:.

Introduction: Natalie Schilling-Estes (Georgetown University, USA).

12. Real and Apparent Time: Guy Bailey (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA).

13. Child Language Variation: Julie Roberts (University of Vermont, USA).

14. Patterns of Variation, Including Change: J.K. Chambers (University of Toronto, Canada).

Social Differentiation:.

Introduction: Peter Trudgill (University of Fribourg, Switzerland).

15. Investigating Stylistic Variation: Natalie Schilling-Estes (Georgetown University, USA).

16. Social Class: Sharon Ash (University of Pennsylvania, USA).

17. Sex and Gender in Variationist Research: Jenny Cheshire (Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, England).

18. Ethnicity: Carmen Fought (Pitzer College, USA).

Domains:.

Introduction: Peter Trudgill (University of Fribourg, Switzerland).

19. Language and Identity: Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona, USA).

20. The Family: Kirk Hazen (West Virginia University, USA).

21. Communities of Practice: Miriam Meyerhoff (University of Edinburgh, Scotland).

22. Social Networks: Lesley Milroy (University of Michigan, USA).

23. The Speech Community: Peter L. Patrick (Essex University, England).

Part IV: Contact:.

Introduction: Peter Trudgill (University of Fribourg, Switzerland).

24. Space and Spatial Diffusion: David Britain (Essex University, England).

25. Linguistic Outcomes of Language Contact: Gillian Sankoff (University of Pennsylvania, USA).

26. Koineization and Accommodation: Paul Kerswill (Reading University, England).

Part V: Language and Societies:.

Introduction: J.K. Chambers (University of Toronto, Canada).

27. Linguistic and Social Typology: Peter Trudgill (University of Fribourg, Switzerland).

28. Comparative Sociolinguistics: Sali Tagliamonte (University of York, England).

29. Language Death and Dying: Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University, USA).

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631218036
Editor:
Chambers, J. K.
Editor:
Trudgill, Peter
Editor:
Chambers, J. K.
Editor:
Trudgill, Peter
Editor:
Schilling-Estes, Natalie
Author:
Trudgill, Peter
Author:
Chambers, J. K.
Author:
Schilling, Natalie
Author:
Schilling-Estes, Natalie
Editor:
Schilling-Estes, Natalie
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Location:
Malden, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Linguistic change
Subject:
Language and languages -- Variation.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
24
Publication Date:
January 2002
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
254 x 179 x 50 mm 55 oz
Children's Book Type:
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"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by ,

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.

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