Principles of Linguistic Change, Volume III, Cognitive and Cultural Factors

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William Labov, Principles of Linguistic Change, Volume III, Cognitive and Cultural Factors (Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

 

This volume, which completes Labov’s seminal Principles of Linguistic Change trilogy, examines the cognitive and cultural factors responsible for linguistic change, tracing the life history of these developments, from triggering events to driving forces and endpoints. It explores the major insights obtained by combining sociolinguistics with the results of dialect geography on a large scale; demonstrates under what conditions dialects diverge from one another; and establishes an essential distinction between transmission within the community and diffusion across communities.

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