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This Handbook answers a long-standing need for an up-to-date, comprehensive, international, in-depth critical survey of the history, trajectory, data, results and key figures involved in sociolinguistics. The result is a work of unprecedented coverage and insight. It is all here, from the foundational contributions to the field to the impact of new media, new technologies of communication, globalization, trans-border fluidities and agendas of research.

Social Structure, Language Contact and Language Change
Social structure, language contact and language change
17.1 Introduction

This chapter explores aspects of the hypothesis that the distribution of linguistic structures and features over languages is sociolinguistically not entirely random.1 The ...

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