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Written by the world-renowned pioneer in the field of modernsociolinguistics, this volume examines the cognitive and culturalfactors responsible for linguistic change, tracing the life historyof these developments, from triggering events to driving forces andendpoints.
* Explores the major insights obtained by combiningsociolinguistics with the results of dialect geography on a largescale
* Examines the cognitive and cultural influences responsible forlinguistic change
* Demonstrates under what conditions dialects diverge from oneanother
* Establishes an essential distinction between transmissionwithin the community and diffusion across communities
* Completes Labov's seminal Principles of LinguisticChange trilogy