Reflecting a multitude of developments in the study of language change and variation over the last ten years, this extensively updated second edition features a number of new chapters and remains the authoritative reference volume on a core research area in linguistics.

  • A fully revised and expanded edition of this acclaimed reference work, which has established its reputation based on its unrivalled scope and depth of analysis in this ...
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Reflecting a multitude of developments in the study of language change and variation over the last ten years, this extensively updated second edition features a number of new chapters and remains the authoritative reference volume on a core research area in linguistics.

  • A fully revised and expanded edition of this acclaimed reference work, which has established its reputation based on its unrivalled scope and depth of analysis in this interdisciplinary field
  • Includes seven new chapters, while the remainder have undergone thorough revision and updating to incorporate the latest research and reflect numerous developments in the field
  • Accessibly structured by theme, covering topics including data collection and evaluation, linguistic structure, language and time, language contact, language domains, and social differentiation
  • Brings together an experienced, international editorial and contributor team to provides an unrivalled learning, teaching and reference tool for researchers and students in sociolinguistics
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“This is an addition to the invaluable‘Handbook’ series from Blackwell and will be anessential purchase for anyone wishing to inform themselves aboutlanguage variation and change … Each chapter is aninteresting read in its own right, and it really can be read fromcover to cover … It's a real achievement to maintain thislevel of excellence in a collection.” British Associationof Applied Linguistics

"The Handbook of Language Variation and Change is aconvenient, hand-held repository of the essential knowledge aboutthe study of language variation and change. This Handbookallows the next generation of academics to perpetuate all of thesefields of study and explore them with the kind of depthunimaginable to their predecessors." Folia Linguistica

"The Handbook of Language Variation and Change is along-awaited volume which aims to provide a comprehensive overviewof the 'socio-linguistic enterprise ... in its multifacetedpursuits'. This is indeed a challenge, but one that the volumethoroughly meets: it is an authoritative guide, which provides anexcellent contribution to the diverse field of variationiststudies." Journal of Linguistics

"Languages do not exist but in space and time. Their variabilityis what allows them to function as means of communication andsocial interaction. The present Handbook presents an up-to-date andin-depth account of how to study this aspect of language which isat the interface of historical linguistics, dialectology, andsociolinguistics. The editors and contributing authors are amongthe most prolific scholars in the field. Their collective effortshows us how the versatility of 'real' situated speech can be madean object of rigorous scientific investigation and what can belearned from it about language and society." Florian Coulmas,Gerhard Mercator University

"At last we have an authoritative place to go to discover theimpressive accomplishments of the research on linguistic variationand change over the past forty years and to get a glimpse of thefuture. The editors of this Handbook have put together an excellentsurvey of what variationists do, produced by an admirablecombination of scholars who helped found the field along withlinguists from the next generation. This is an excellent volume.Buy it!" Ralph Fasold, Georgetown University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118335512
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Series: Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics , #129
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 616
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

J. K. Chambers is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Sociolinguistic Theory: Linguistic Variation and its Social Significance, Revised Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and Dialectology, Second Edition (with P. Trudgill, 1998), as well as numerous other books and scores of articles. He works extensively as a forensic consultant and maintains a parallel vocation in jazz criticism, having published a prize-winning biography of Miles Davis, Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis (1998) and a volume on the bebop pianist Richard Twardzik (2008).

Natalie Schilling is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. She is the author of American English: Dialects and Variation, Second Edition (with W. Wolfram, Wiley-Blackwell, 2006), Sustaining Linguistic Diversity: Endangered and Minority Languages and Language Varieties (with K. King, L. Fogle, J. J. Lou, and B. Soukup, 2008), and Sociolinguistic Fieldwork (2013). An expert in language variation and change in American English, she conducts workshops on sociolinguistics and education, as well as forensic linguistics, and is a noted consultant in both these fields.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Contributors xiii

Preface to the Second Edition xv

Studying Language Variation: An Informal Epistemology 1
J.K. Chambers

Part I Data Collection 17

1 Entering the Community: Fieldwork 19
Crawford Feagin

2 Data in the Study of Variation and Change 38
Tyler Kendall

3 Investigating Historical Variation and Change in Written Documents: New Perspectives 57
Edgar W. Schneider

Part II Evaluation 83

4 The Quantitative Paradigm 85
Robert Bayley

5 Sociophonetics 108
Erik R. Thomas

6 Comparative Sociolinguistics 128
Sali A. Tagliamonte

7 Language with an Attitude 157
Dennis R. Preston

Part III Linguistic Structure 183

8 Variation and Syntactic Theory 185
Ralph W. Fasold

9 Investigating Chain Shifts and Mergers 203
Matthew J. Gordon

10 Discourse Variation 220
Ronald Macaulay

Part IV Language and Time 237

11 Real Time and Apparent Time 239
Patricia Cukor-Avila and Guy Bailey

12 Child Language Variation 263
Julie Roberts

13 Adolescence 277
Sam Kirkham and Emma Moore

14 Patterns of Variation including Change 297
J.K. Chambers

Part V Social Differentiation 325

15 Investigating Stylistic Variation 327
Natalie Schilling

16 Social Class 350
Sharon Ash

17 Gender, Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Identities 368
Robin Queen

18 Ethnicity 388
Carmen Fought

Part VI Domains 407

19 Social Networks 409
Lesley Milroy and Carmen Llamas

20 Communities of Practice 428
Miriam Meyerhoff and Anna Strycharz

21 Constructing Identity 448
Scott F. Kiesling

Part VII Contact 469

22 Space, Diffusion and Mobility 471
David Britain

23 Linguistic Outcomes of Bilingualism 501
Gillian Sankoff

24 Koineization 519
Paul Kerswill

25 Supraregionalisation and Dissociation 537
Raymond Hickey

Part VIII Sociolinguists and Their Communities 555

26 Community Commitment and Responsibility 557
Walt Wolfram

Postscript 577
Natalie Schilling and Jack Chambers

Index 579

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