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.
Chapter 2: Labov: Language Variation and Change
Labov: Language Variation and Change
The full impact of a scholar like William Labov (pronounced [) is beyond the scope of a handbook chapter. The entire Handbook of Language Variation and Change (Chambers, Trudgill and Schilling-Estes, 2002) should be seen as part of Labov's ...