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Bell, Allan, David Britain and Devyani Sharma. 2016. Labov in sociolinguistics: An introduction. Journal of Sociolinguistics 20 (4) : 399–408.
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This paper reviews the novelties and influence of W.Labov's founding New York study on variationist sociolinguistics, and ensuing evolutions of the field. It considers various strands of Labov's sociolinguistics' contribution: language style, individual language, African American English, linguistic evaluation, methodological innovation, and language change. It also treats Labov's commitment to language in society research.