Linguistic Varation and Change

Linguistic Varation and Change

Linguistic Varation and Change

Linguistic Varation and Change

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The book you have here attempts to survey and organise all of the various interdisciplinary work that falls under the rubric ‘linguistic variation and change’. Students (and teachers) are encouraged to follow the literature cited for topics that they want to pursue further. A short look at the references indicates that some journals are central to the field: Language Variation and Change, Language in Society, Journal of Sociolinguistics, and Language;others such as English World Wide, Diachronica, Language and Communication, and the Journal of Phonetics are also ones to review. The Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts (LLBA) from Cambridge Scientific Abstracts is my favourite bibliography.

I imagine the student using this book as a beginning (post)graduate student or an advanced undergraduate. I expect that in addition to an introductory linguistics course, the student will have taken a course in phonetics and phonology, and a very basic syntax course. The level needed lies between a general introductory course and completion of these other courses.

Finally, some thanks are in order. First is Esmé Watson, who was been instrumental in prodding me to finish and patient as well, and to Vicki Donald for getting things over the finishing line. Also patient are Paul Kerswill (who is responsible for getting me into this project) and Joan Swann. Peter Patrick provided some important feedback and guidance. I cannot express the debt I owe to my distinguished list of variationist teachers, whom I consider it an amazing privilege to have known and learned from: William Labov, who taught me my first linguistics course and is responsible for my being a linguist (in addition to pretty much being responsible for the field this book surveys), Gillian Sankoff, Ralph Fasold, Roger Shuy, Walt Wolfram (a generous mentor even though I was not his student), and Peter Patrick. Barbara Johnstone has been an invaluable colleague and mentor as well as an exemplary scholar. Christina Schoux Casey stepped in near the end to clean up my mess. The various students who have taken my variation courses have taught me much about the topic. The most patient and encouraging of all are my family, especially my spouse Julie, for enduring frustrations, distraction, and more than a few late nights and insanely early mornings.

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