Interview with William Labov

  title={Interview with William Labov},
  author={Matthew J. Gordon},
  journal={Journal of English Linguistics},
  pages={332 - 351}
  • M. Gordon
  • Published 1 December 2006
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  • Journal of English Linguistics
EJ: How did you become interested in linguistic studies? WL: I used to be a chemist and I worked in industry. I was attracted by an area where you could begin to develop something close to scientific principles in relation to language. My own view is that linguistics is not a science but that we're getting closer to it. Very few social sciences have solved the relationship between theory and practice. Most people feel that this is a one-way process. A group of theorists think up an idea and… 
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