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Title: Social Dialectology
Subtitle: In honour of Peter Trudgill
Edited By: David Britain
Jenny Cheshire
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Impact_16
Series Title: IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society 16

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 The volume brings together previously unpublished work by the world's most prolific and well-respected social dialectologists as well as by some younger, dynamic researchers.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.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix
David Britain and Jenny Cheshire 1–8
Pursuing the cascade model
William Labov 9–22
Complementary approaches to the diffusion of standard features in a local community
Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy 23–37
Systemic accomodation
Dennis R. Preston 39–58
New dialect formation: The focusing of -kum in Amman
Enam Al-Wer 59–67
Variation and sound change in New Zealand English
Margaret MacLagan and Elizabeth Gordon 69–80
An East Anglian in the South Atlantic? Interpreting morphosyntactic resemblances in terms of direct input, parallel development, and linguistic contact
Daniel Schreier 81–96
Sociolinguistics of immigration
J.K. Chambers 97–113
Why fuude is not 'food' and tschëgge is not 'check': A new look at the actuation problem
Richard J. Watts 115–129
Parallel development and alternative restructuring: The case of weren't intensification
Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes 133–153
Social and linguistic dimensions of phonological change: Fitting the pieces of the puzzle together
Lesley Milroy 155–171
Changing mental maps and morphology: Divergence caused by international border changes
Miklós Kontra 173–190
Exploring the importance of the outlier in sociolinguistic dialectology
David Britain 191–208
When is a sound change? On the role of external factors in language change
James Milroy 209–221
Dialect levelling and geographical diffusion in British English
Paul Kerswill 223–243
Social dimensions of syntactic variation: The case of when clauses
Jenny Cheshire 245–261
Language variation in Greece
Maria Sifianou 263–273
A Norwegian adult language game, anti-language or secret code: The Smoi of Mandal
Ernst Håkon Jahr 275–286
Children and linguistic normativity
Sharon Millar 287–297
The virtue of the vernacular: On intervention in linguistic affairs
Henry G. Widdowson and Barbara Seidlhofer 299–309
The Nynorsk standard language and Norwegian dialect varieties
Jan Terje Faarlund 311–325
Peter Trudgill's publications 327–338
Index 339–343

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027218544
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Pages: x, 344 pp.
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