The Handbook of Language Variation and Change

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change

Editor(s): J. K. Chambers, Peter Trudgill, Natalie Schilling-Estes

Published Online: 21 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631218036

Online ISBN: 9780470756591

DOI: 10.1002/9780470756591

About this Book

The Handbook of Language Variation and Change, written by a distinguished international roster of contributors, reflects the vitality and growth of the discipline in its multifaceted pursuits. It is a convenient, hand-held repository of the essential knowledge about the study of language variation and change.


  • Written by internationally recognized experts in the field.
  • Reflects the vitality and growth of the discipline.
  • Discusses the ideas that drive the field and is illustrated with empirical studies.
  • Includes explanatory introductions which set out the boundaries of the field and place each of the chapters into perspective.

Table of contents

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    1. Introduction (pages 1–2)

      J. K. Chambers, Peter Trudgill and Natalie Schilling-Estes

  1. Part I: Methodologies - Field Methods

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  2. Part I: Methodologies - Evaluation

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  3. Part II: Linguistic Structure

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  4. Part III: Social Factors - Time

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  5. Part III: Social Factors - Social Differentiation

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  6. Part III: Social Factors - Domains

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  7. Part IV: Contact

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  8. Part V: Language and Societies

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