Principles of Linguistic Change, Social Factors

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Wiley, Mar 30, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 592 pages
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This volume presents the long-anticipated results of several decades of inquiry into the social origins and social motivation of linguistic change.
  • Written by one of the founders of modern sociolinguistics
  • Features the first complete report on the Philadelphia project designed to establish the social location of the leaders of linguistic change
  • Includes chapters on social class, neighborhood, ethnicity, gender, and social networks that delineate the leaders of linguistic change as women of the upper working class with a high density of interaction within their neighborhoods and a high proportion of weak ties outside of it

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The author is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-editor of Language Variation and Change and is author of Sociolinguistic Patterns (1972), Language in the Inner City (1972), and Principles of Linguistic Change, Volume 1: Internal Factors (Blackwell, 1994).