Toward a theory of social dialect variation

  title={Toward a theory of social dialect variation},
  author={Anthony S. Kroch},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={17 - 36}
  • A. Kroch
  • Published 1 April 1978
  • Linguistics
  • Language in Society
Over the past ten years the study of language in its social context has become a mature field with a substantial body of method and empirical results. As a result of this work we are arriving at new insights into such classical problems as the origin and diffusion of linguistic change, the nature of stylistic variation in language use, and the effect of class structure on linguistic variation within a speech community. Advances in sociolinguistics have been most evident in the study of co… 


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