Linguistic change and diffusion: description and explanation in sociolinguistic dialect geography

  title={Linguistic change and diffusion: description and explanation in sociolinguistic dialect geography},
  author={Peter W. Trudgill},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={215 - 246}
  • P. Trudgill
  • Published 1 October 1974
  • Linguistics, Sociology
  • Language in Society
ABSTRACT Linguistic geography has remained relatively unaffected by recent developments in sociolinguistic theory and method and theoretical geography. In this paper it is argued that insights and techniques from both these disciplines will be of value in improving descriptions of geographical variation in language, and that these improvements will in turn lead to more adequate explanations for certain of the social and spatial characteristics of linguistic change. Evidence in favour of a… 

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