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From the PublisherThe culminating volume in Labov's magnum opus on language variationand change will assure forever his indelible imprint on the fieldof linguistics. Thanks to Labov, the field should never be thesame."
— Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University
"William Labov completes his monumental study of sound change byexamining the forces that drive divergence and convergence inneighboring communities. His impeccable attention to detail isilluminated, as always, by his sensitivity to the social, communaland personal motives that lie behind the ways in which we talk toone another."
— J.K. Chambers, University of Toronto
"Labov's inexhaustible creative wellspring produces a fountainof insight and essential reading for all scholars concerned withlanguage as a dynamic social organism. This volume assembleselements of his work into a grand mosaic: a work of science, butalso a work of art."
— Gregory R. Guy, New York University