is concur with Trudgill and Watts (Introduction, pp. 1-3) and Wales (Chapter 3) that we know very little about the way in which sensible comparisons between standard and nonstandard domains might be made. Even in standard English, the amount of descriptive work in some of these areas is limited and highly selective; for nonstandard English it is often no more than impressionistic and anecdotal. I believe that the harnessing of multimedia technology will soon begin to correct this imbalance. We shall not have to wait until 2525.