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Journal Title: Language in Society
Volume/Issue:   36/5
Date: 2007
Table of Contents: How'd you get that accent?: Acquiring a second dialect of the same language
by Sali A Tagliamonte, Sonja Molfenter
pp 649-675

Suburbanization and language change in Basque
by Bill Haddican
pp 677-706

A real-time window on 19th-century vernacular French: The Récits du français québécois d'autrefois
by Shana Poplack, Anne St-Amand
pp 707-734

Drawing on the words of others at public hearings: Zoning, Wal-Mart, and the threat to the aquifer
by Richard Buttny, Jodi R. Cohen
pp 735-756

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
 
LL Issue: 18.3215