The Handbook of Language Variation and Change / Edition 1

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change / Edition 1

by J. K. Chambers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631218033

ISBN-13: 9780631218036

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Wiley

Written by a distinguished international roster of contributors, The Handbook of Language Variation and Change reflects the vitality, diversity, and growth of the discipline. It is a convenient, hand-held repository of the essential knowledge about the study of language variation and change. The volume presents views of linguistic variation in the diverse contexts…  See more details below

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Written by a distinguished international roster of contributors, The Handbook of Language Variation and Change reflects the vitality, diversity, and growth of the discipline. It is a convenient, hand-held repository of the essential knowledge about the study of language variation and change. 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 includes an extensive examination of the methodologies employed by linguists working in linguistic variation and change, addressing the levels of linguistic structure that have been the main foci of work in the field. Invaluable section introductions by the editors set out the boundaries of the field, and place each of the chapters into perspective. This authoritative resource 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631218036
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series
Pages:
832
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.97(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction1
Studying Language Variation: An Informal Epistemology3
Pt. IMethodologies15
Field Methods17
Introduction17
1Entering the Community: Fieldwork20
2Language with an Attitude40
3Investigating Variation and Change in Written Documents67
4Inferring Variation and Change from Public Corpora97
Evaluation
Introduction115
5The Quantitative Paradigm117
6Implicational Scales142
7Instrumental Phonetics168
Pt. IILinguistic Structure201
Introduction203
8Variation and Phonological Theory206
9Investigating Chain Shifts and Mergers244
10Variation and Syntactic Theory267
11Discourse Variation283
Pt. IIISocial Factors307
Time309
Introduction309
12Real and Apparent Time312
13Child Language Variation333
14Patterns of Variation including Change349
Social Differentiation373
Introduction373
15Investigating Stylistic Variation375
16Social Class402
17Sex and Gender in Variationist Research423
18Ethnicity444
Domains473
Introduction473
19Language and Identity475
20The Family500
21Communities of Practice526
22Social Networks549
23The Speech Community573
Pt. IVContact599
Introduction601
24Space and Spatial Diffusion603
25Linguistic Outcomes of Language Contact638
26Koineization and Accommodation669
Pt. VLanguage and Societies703
Introduction705
27Linguistic and Social Typology707
28Comparative Sociolinguistics729
29Language Death and Dying764
Index788

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