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The Social Stratification of English in New York City
One of the first accounts of social variation in language, this groundbreaking study founded the discipline of sociolinguistics, providing the model on which thousands of studies have been based. In this second edition, Labov looks back on forty years of sociolinguistic research, bringing the reader up to date on its methods, findings and achievements. In over thirty pages ...more
Paperback, 485 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press
(first published August 1st 2006)
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It's fun to look at beginning of an entire field of knowlege...Labov's work remains current; although the science is out of date, the social implications of language, class, and race are just as impressive as I imagine they were when he published the work. Unfortunately, this is not one of his most accessible works, as it's a scholarly work dealing in large part with statistics.