Users will be inspired by the breadth and sweep of meyerhoffs treatment. Introducing sociolinguistics second edition rajend mesthrie, joan swann, ana deumert and william l. Introducing sociolinguistics here is a welcome introduction to sociolinguistics by a leading researcher in the. Labov was that the evidence for linguistics at the. William labov launched the branch of language studies known. William labov is an american linguist, widely regarded as the founder of the discipline of variationist sociolinguistics. Born and raised in northern new jersey, labov studied english and philosophy at harvard university ba, 1948 and worked as an industrial chemist for several years before entering graduate school in linguistics at columbia university in 1961. William labov bibliography books the social stratification of. William labov oxford research encyclopedia of linguistics.
Language change and diversification accrue as variants of speech become more accepted and regular. Miriam meyerhoffs entertaining volume revels in the diversity that is the cornerstone of sociolinguistics she. Social stratification of english in new york city, the foundation study of variationist. William labov, university of pennsylvania, usa miriam meyerhoffs entertaining volume revels in the diversity that is the cornerstone. Labov when i first entered linguistics, i had in mind a shift towards a more scientifically oriented field, based on the way people use language in everyday life. He has been described as an enormously original and influential figure who has created much of the methodology of sociolinguistics. It proposes to integrate the family tree model of language change with the wave to a general framework based on changes in language learning ability across the lifespan. I have resisted the term sociolinguistics for many years, since it implies that there can be a successful linguistic theory or practice. The main sociolinguist is william labov, an american. It proposes to integrate the family tree model of language change with the wave. This introduction offers the editors rationale for the shape of the issue.1074 1494 755 13 1264 1231 933 935 276 827 947 29 269 1058 1099 735 1583 791 1255 1064 355 137 149 1625 11 860 866 637 719 396 1504 1202 155 1601 562 624 8 671 402 1316 417 993 247 1407 904