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Why does human language vary from one person, or one group, to another? In what ways does it vary? How do linguists go about studying variation in, say, the sound system or the sentence structure of a particular language? Why is the study of language variation important outside the academic world, in say education, the law, employment or housing? This book provides an overview of these questions, bringing together a team of experts to survey key areas within the study of language variation and language change. Covering both the range of methods used to research variation in language, and the applications of such research to a variety of social contexts, it is essential reading for advanced students and researchers in sociolinguistics, communication, linguistic anthropology and applied linguistics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521871273
ISBN-10: 0521871271
Format: Hardback
(247mm x 174mm x 24mm)
Pages: 422
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert J. Bayley

Robert Bayley is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Davis. Ceil Lucas is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.

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