The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics

The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics

Editor(s): Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy, Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre

Published Online: 20 MAR 2012 02:04AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405190688

Online ISBN: 9781118257227

DOI: 10.1002/9781118257227

About this Book

Written by an international team of leading scholars, this groundbreaking reference work explores the nature of language change and diffusion, and paves the way for future research in this rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field.

  • Features 35 newly-written essays from internationally acclaimed experts that reflect the growth and vitality of the burgeoning area of historical sociolinguistics
  • Examines how sociolinguistic theoretical models, methods, findings, and expertise can be used to reconstruct a language's past in order to explain linguistic changes and developments
  • Bridges the gap between the past and the present in linguistic studies
  • Structured thematically into sections exploring: origins and theoretical assumptions; methods for the sociolinguistic study of the history of languages; linguistic and extra-linguistic variables; historical dialectology, language contact and diffusion; and attitudes to language

Table of contents

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    1. Introduction (pages 1–8)

      J. Camilo Conde-Silvestre and Juan M. Hernández-Campoy

  1. Part I: Origins and Theoretical Assumptions

  2. Part II: Methods for the Sociolinguistic Study of the History of Languages

  3. Part III: Linguistic and Socio-Demographic Variables

  4. Part IV: Historical Dialectology, Language Contact, Change, and Diffusion

  5. Part V: Attitudes to Language

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