Sociolinguistic Theory: Linguistic Variation and Its Social Significance

Sociolinguistic Theory: Linguistic Variation and Its Social Significance

by J. K. Chambers
     
 

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Sociolinguistic Theory presents a critical synthesis of sociolinguistics, centering on the study of language variation and change.


  • Synthesizes the most important descriptive and theoretical findings concerning linguistic variation from the last forty years.

  • Provides an integrated framework for studying language

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Overview

Sociolinguistic Theory presents a critical synthesis of sociolinguistics, centering on the study of language variation and change.


  • Synthesizes the most important descriptive and theoretical findings concerning linguistic variation from the last forty years.

  • Provides an integrated framework for studying language variation and its social significance.
  • Expands on the first edition's discussion of communicative competence and developmental sociolinguistics.
  • Is written by one of the world's foremost scholars in the field of variation studies and includes data from his own work.

Editorial Reviews

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"a first-class synthesis and extension of an important branch of sociolinguistics. As a textbook of variation theory it is one that I would recommend very highly." Edgar Schneider, English World-Wide

“Chambers offers a lucid introduction to the basic issues that relate language and society, and leads the reader directly to the quantitative data that define the field. At each turn, we benefit from his personal and insightful weighing of the evidence on why we speak the way we do.”

William Labov, University of Pennsylvania

“This book is indispensable for everybody in the field, from undergraduates to advanced researchers. Well-written, engaged, and inspiring, it is at the same time a state-of-the-art account of variationist sociolinguistics and a challenge to go on and enhance our knowledge.”

Daniel Schreier, University of Zürich

“Professor Chambers's book successfully combines a theoretical grounding in variationist sociolinguistics with generous descriptions of the research on which the theories are based. This makes it particularly inspiring for students who themselves want to try their hands at this field of study.”

Mats Mobärg, University of Gothenburg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631183266
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Language in Society Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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