Principles of Linguistic Change: v. 2: Social Factors

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This volume presents the long-anticipated results of several decades of inquiry into the social origins and social motivation of linguistic change.* Written by one of the founders of modern sociolinguistics* Features the first complete report on the Philadelphia project designed to establish the social location of the leaders of linguistic change* Includes chapters on social class, neighborhood, ethnicity, gender, and social networks that delineate the leaders of linguistic change as women of the upper working class with a high density of interaction within their neighborhoods and a high proportion of weak ties outside of it