Towards a Social Science of Language

Papers in honor of William Labov

Volume 1: Variation and change in language and society

| York University, Ontario
| Georgetown University, Washington
| Stanford University
| Stanford University
ISBN 9789027236302 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781556195815 (USA) | USD 195.00
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This is a two-volume collection of original research papers designed to reflect the breadth and depth of the impact that William Labov has had on linguistic science. Four areas of 'Labovian' linguistics are addressed: First is the study of variation and change; the papers in sections I and II of the first volume take this as their central theme, with a focus on either the social context and uses of language (I) or on the the internal linguistic dynamics of variation and change (II). The study of African American English, and other language varieties in the Americas spoken by people of African descent and influenced by their linguistic heritage, is the subject of the papers in section III of the first volume. The third theme is the study of discourse; the papers in section I of the second volume develop themes in Labovian linguistics that go back to Labov's work on narrative, descriptive, and therapeutic discourse. Fourth is the emphasis on language use, the search for discursive, interactive, and meaningful determinants of the complexity in human communication. Papers with these themes appear in section II of the second volume.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 127]  1996.  xviii, 436 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Michael B. Kac
I. The Social organization of variation and change
Dialect typology: isolation, social network and phonological structure
Peter Trudgill
Dialect and style in the speech of upper class Philadelphia
Anthony S. Kroch
(ay) Goes to the city. Exploring the expressive use of variation
Penelope Eckert
Social class and language variation in Bilingual speech communities
Raymond Mougeon and Édouard Beniak
“Why do women do this?” Sex and gender differences in speech
Niloofar Haeri
Interactional conditioning of linguistic heterogeneity
Claude Paradis
Peaks and glides in southern states short-a
Crawford Feagin
Denasalization of the velar nasal in Tokyo Japanese: Observations in real time
Junko Hibiya
II. The linguistic structure of variation and change
Variation and drift: loss of agreement in germanic
Charles A. Ferguson
Turning different at the turn of the century: 19th century Brazilian Portuguese
Fernando Tarallo
From and function in linguistic variation
Gregory R. Guy
The history of the ancient Hebrew modal system and Labov’s rule of compensatory structural change
Richard C. Steiner
Phonetic evidence for the evolution of lexical classes: The case of a Montreal French vowel shift
Malcah Yaeger-Dror
Phonological rule set complexity in a very large vocabulary word recognition system
Philip Franz Seitz and Matthew Lennig
III. African-American varieties of English
The origins of variations in Guyanese
Derek Bickerton
The urbanization of creole phonology: variation and change in Jamaican (KYA)
Peter L. Patrick
Copula variability in Jamaican creole and African American vernacular English: A reanalysis of DeCamp’s texts
John R. Rickford
Contraction and deletion in vernacular black English: Creole history relationship to Euro-American English
Ralph W. Fasold and Yoshiko Nakano
Dimensions of a theory of econolinguistics
John Baugh
William Labov: a bibliography
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