Social Dialectology: In honour of Peter Trudgill (IMPACT: Studies in Language, Culture and Society 16)

Social Dialectology: In honour of Peter Trudgill (IMPACT: Studies in Language, Culture and Society 16)

By: Jenny Cheshire (editor), David Britain (editor)Hardback

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The time-honoured study of dialects took a new turn some forty years ago, giving centre stage to social factors and the quantitative analysis of language variation and change. It has become a discipline that no scholar of language can afford to ignore. This collection identifies the main theoretical and methodological issues currently preoccupying researchers in social dialectology, drawing not only on variation in English in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Europe and elsewhere but also in Arabic, Greek, Norwegian and Spanish dialects. The volume brings together previously unpublished work by the world's most prolific and well-respected social dialectologists as well as by some younger, dynamic researchers. Together the authors provide new perspectives on both the traditional areas of sociolinguistic variation and change and the newer fields of dialect formation, dialect diffusion and dialect levelling. They provide a snapshot of some of the burning issues currently preoccupying researchers in the field and give signposts to the future direction of the discipline.


1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction (by Britain, David); 3. Pursuing the cascade model (by Labov, William); 4. Complementary approaches to the diffusion of standard features in a local community (by Hernandez-Campoy, Juan Manuel); 5. Systemic accomodation (by Preston, Dennis R.); 6. New dialect formation: The focusing of -kum in Amman (by Al-Wer, Enam); 7. Variation and sound change in New Zealand English (by Maclagan, Margaret); 8. An East Anglian in the South Atlantic?: Interpreting morphosyntactic resemblances in terms of direct input, parallel development, and linguistic contact (by Schreier, Daniel); 9. Sociolinguistics of immigration (by Chambers, J.K.); 10. Why fuude is not 'food' and tschegge is not 'check': A new look at the actuation problem (by Watts, Richard J.); 11. Parallel development and alternative restructuring: The case of weren't intensification (by Wolfram, Walt); 12. Social and linguistic dimensions of phonological change: Fitting the pieces of the puzzle together (by Milroy, Lesley); 13. Changing mental maps and morphology: Divergence caused by international border changes (by Kontra, Miklos); 14. Exploring the importance of the outlier in sociolinguistic dialectology (by Britain, David); 15. When is a sound change?: On the role of external factors in language change (by Milroy, James); 16. Dialect levelling and geographical diffusion in British English (by Kerswill, Paul); 17. Social dimensions of syntactic variation: The case of when clauses (by Cheshire, Jenny); 18. Language variation in Greece (by Sifianou, Maria); 19. A Norwegian adult language game, anti-language or secret code: The Smoi of Mandal (by Jahr, Ernst Hakon); 20. Children and linguistic normativity (by Millar, Sharon); 21. The virtue of the vernacular: On intervention in linguistic affairs (by Widdowson, Henry G.); 22. The Nynorsk standard language and Norwegian dialect varieties (by Faarlund, Jan Terje); 23. Peter Trudgill's publications; 24. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027218544
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9789027218544
  • weight: 620
  • ISBN10: 9027218544

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