Social Dialectology

In honour of Peter Trudgill

ORCID logoDavid Britain | University of Essex
Jenny Cheshire | Queen Mary, University of London
ISBN 9789027218544 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9781588114037 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027296474 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
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The time-honoured study of dialects took a new turn some forty years ago, giving centre stage to social factors and the quantitative analysis of language variation and change. It has become a discipline that no scholar of language can afford to ignore. This collection identifies the main theoretical and methodological issues currently preoccupying researchers in social dialectology, drawing not only on variation in English in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Europe and elsewhere but also in Arabic, Greek, Norwegian and Spanish dialects. The volume brings together previously unpublished work by the world's most prolific and well-respected social dialectologists as well as by some younger, dynamic researchers. Together the authors provide new perspectives on both the traditional areas of sociolinguistic variation and change and the newer fields of dialect formation, dialect diffusion and dialect levelling. They provide a snapshot of some of the burning issues currently preoccupying researchers in the field and give signposts to the future direction of the discipline.
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“This volume offers an exceptionally strong collection of papers as befits the honoree. In addition to paying tribute to Trudgill, the editors sought to offer a survey of 'the main trends in the field', and with the international cast of contributors they have succeeded on this count as well.”
“The papers in this volume are generally of a high quality, and provide an invaluable and eclectic contribution to the study of variation and change over the past 40 years and into the future.”
“This Festschrift will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to the development of future research in the area of dialectology.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFB: Sociolinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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