Principles of Linguistic Change, Cognitive and Cultural Factors

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 1, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 448 pages
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Written by the world-renowned pioneer in the field of modern sociolinguistics, this volume examines the cognitive and cultural factors responsible for linguistic change, tracing the life history of these developments, from triggering events to driving forces and endpoints.
  • Explores the major insights obtained by combining sociolinguistics with the results of dialect geography on a large scale
  • Examines the cognitive and cultural influences responsible for linguistic change
  • Demonstrates under what conditions dialects diverge from one another
  • Establishes an essential distinction between transmission within the community and diffusion across communities
  • Completes Labovís seminal Principles of Linguistic Change trilogy
  

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Contents

Natural Misunderstandings
21
A Controlled Experiment on Vowel Identification
48
7
57
4
66
Part
87
3
96
Governing Principles
120
Forks in the Road
155
Social Evaluation of the Northern Cities Shift
236
Endpoints
245
Words Floating on the Surface of Sound Change
259
The Binding Force in Segmental Phonology
287
The Diffusion of Language from Place to Place
305
The Diffusion of Language from Group to Group
348
Conclusion
367
Notes
376

4
161
Divergence
165
Driving Forces
184
Yankee Cultural Imperialism and the Northern Cities Shift
208

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About the author (2010)

William Labov is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Linguistics Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania. His major studies include The Social Stratification of English in New York City (1966), Sociolinguistic Patterns (1972), Language in the Inner City (1972), Principles of Linguistic Change: Internal Factors (Wiley-Blackwell, 1994) and Principles of Linguistic Change, Volume 2: Social Factors (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001). With S. Ash and C. Boberg, he published the Atlas of North American English in 2006.

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