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Variationist Sociolinguistics: Change, Observation, Interpretation

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  • ISBN-13: 9781405135900
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release Date: Oct 17, 2011
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.15 x 10.05 x 7.2 inches


Variationist Sociolinguistics: Change, Observation, Interpretation presents a comprehensive, intermediate level examination of Language Variation and Change, the branch of sociolinguistics concerned with linguistic variation in spoken and written language.
  • Represents the most up-to-date coverage of the history, developments, and methodologies of variationist sociolinguistics
  • Addresses all aspects of linguistic variation, including areas not usually covered in introductory texts, e.g. the phonological, morpho-syntactic, discourse/pragmatic
  • Outlines comparative sociolinguistic approach, data collection, methodological issues; and addresses state-of-the-art contemporary quantitative methods and statistical practice
  • Features cutting-edge research at an appropriate level to facilitate student learning
  • Engages students throughout with a variety of pedagogical features, including Mini Quizzes to test comprehension, extensive Exercises at the end of each chapter, the opportunity to do hands-on quantitative analysis of a never-before published data set, and Notes and Tips that offer insight into conducting sociolinguistic research. Extra materials and answers to the exercises are available at

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