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LINGUIST List 23.5339

Tue Dec 18 2012

Books: Labov: Gordon

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 17-Dec-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: Labov: Gordon
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Title: Labov
Subtitle: A Guide for the Perplexed
Series Title: Guides for the Perplexed

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)

Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/labov-a-guide-for-the-perplexed-9781441158529/

Author: Matthew J. Gordon

Hardback: ISBN: 1441192506 9781441192509 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 45.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1441158529 9781441158529 Pages: 264 Price: U.K. £ 14.99


William Labov (b. 1927) has been a driving force in linguistics for over four
decades. Throughout North America, and in much of the rest of the world, his
name is synonymous with sociolinguistics.

This new Guide for the Perplexed summarizes Labov's work in a number of
subfields, including historical linguistics, discourse analysis and not least
sociolinguistics. It also sketches a broader context for appreciating Labov's
major innovations. His considerable and growing legacy is discussed with
comparative glances to other ways of approaching language within linguistics
and in neighboring disciplines. Since the publication of The Social
Stratification of English in New York City in 1966, Labov has pushed the
boundaries of sociolinguistics decade after decade but there has been no one
volume guide to his work. This is that guide.

'Yes, William Labov really did establish a whole new academic field when he
was a graduate student. And he has remained at the forefront of that field to
this day. Matthew Gordon describes how, why, when and where this happened, and
explains with great clarity the importance and excitement of it all. It's a
remarkable story, and Gordon has really done it justice.' - Peter Trudgill,
University of Agder, Norway

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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