Making Waves: The Story of Variationist Sociolinguistics

Making Waves: The Story of Variationist Sociolinguistics

By: Sali A. Tagliamonte (author)Paperback

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Making Waves tells the human story of an academic field based on one-to-one interviews with 43 of the most famous scholars in Variationist Sociolinguistics. Explanations of concepts, ideas, good practice and sage advice come directly from the progenitors of the discipline. * An authentic, inside story about the origins of Sociolinguistics as Language Variation and Change, recording the context and spirit of sociolinguistics * Gives students access to the views on language variation of major sociolinguists such as Bill Labov and Peter Trudgill * Offers a human story of an academic field, and is written in the style of a novel, offering complete accessibility with minimal in-group terminology * Provides a timely audio archive of the reminiscences of the major Sociolinguists, including Labov, Fasold, Milroy, Trudgill, and Wolfram, with a companion website featuring 400 audio clips from the interviews. Visit the site at

About Author

Sali A. Tagliamonte is a Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is author of Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation (2006) and Variationist Sociolinguistics: Change, Observation, Interpretation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), among other books and has published on African American varieties; British, Irish, and Canadian dialects; as well as child, teen, television, and Internet language.


Preface viii 1 Where It Begins 1 2 Synchronicity and Sociolinguistics 25 3 A Crescendo of Research 53 4 Roots of Variationist Thinking 74 5 Sociolinguistics in the Street 88 6 Why Statistics Is in Your Head 107 7 Sociolinguistics From the Heart 121 8 Branching Out; Bursting at the Seams 131 9 Why Do You Like Variation? 158 10 Launching the Future 169 Afterword 185 Appendix A List of Interviews 186 Appendix B VSLX Family Tree 187 References 194 Index 202

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  • ISBN13: 9781118455432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781118455432
  • weight: 288
  • ISBN10: 1118455436

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