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Labov, William

Works: 172 works in 993 publications in 6 languages and 16,634 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  History  Variations (Music) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Honoree, Other, Creator, Dedicatee
Classifications: P41, 301.21
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Most widely held works by William Labov
Sociolinguistic patterns by William Labov( Book )

117 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social stratification of English in New York City by William Labov( Book )

58 editions published between 1964 and 2006 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the first accounts of social variation in language, this groundbreaking study founded the discipline of sociolinguistics, providing the model on which thousands of studies have been based
The study of nonstandard English by William Labov( Book )

45 editions published between 1969 and 1981 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American education has always considered the non-standard or sub-standard form of speech used by children to be an imperfect copy of standard English. The defects of this approach have now become a matter of urgent concern in the face of the tremendous educational problems of the urban ghettos. This paper reverses the usual focus and looks directly at non-standard English--not as an isolated object in itself, but as an integral part of the larger sociolinguistic structure of the English language. To do this, the author first presents some linguistic considerations on the nature of language itself, and then a number of sociolinguistic principles which have emerged in the research of the past ten years. The relation of non-standard dialects to education is reviewed, bearing in mind that the fundamental role of the school is to teach the reading and writing of standard English. Finally, the author turns to the question of what research teachers and educators themselves can do in the classroom--the kind of immediate and applied research which will help them make the best use of teaching materials. The author hopes that this paper will put the teacher directly into touch with the students' language, help him to observe that language more directly and accurately, and enable him to adjust his own teaching to the actual problems that he sees. A 36-item bibliography covering all areas of the paper is included. (Do)
Principles of linguistic change by William Labov( Book )

56 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book develops the general principles of linguistic change that form the foundations of historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics. It is concerned with the factors that govern the internal development of linguistic structures: the mechanisms of change, the constraints on change, and the ways in which change is embedded in the larger linguistic system. While it is generally believed that linguistic change is a product of earlier times, and that local dialects are disappearing, this work shows that rapid change is in progress in the cities of America and England, so that urban dialects are becoming more and more differentiated. Instrumental studies of these changes develop a new view of phonological space which allows the resolution of long-standing paradoxes of historical linguistics. The book then develops the general principles governing mergers and splits, which alter linguistic structure. -- Back cover
Therapeutic discourse : psychotherapy as conversation by William Labov( Book )

20 editions published between 1976 and 1986 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On semantics by Uriel Weinreich( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialect diversity in America : the politics of language change by William Labov( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The sociolinguist William Labov has worked for decades on change in progress in American dialects and on African American Vernacular English (AAVE). In Dialect Diversity in America, Labov examines the diversity among American dialects and presents the counterintuitive finding that geographically localized dialects of North American English are increasingly diverging from one another over time. Contrary to the general expectation that mass culture would diminish regional differences, the dialects of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Birmingham, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and New York are now more different from each other than they were a hundred years ago. Equally significant is Labov's finding that AAVE does not map with the geography and timing of changes in other dialects. The home dialect of most African American speakers has developed a grammar that is more and more different from that of the white mainstream dialects in the major cities studied and yet highly homogeneous throughout the United States. Labov describes the political forces that drive these ongoing changes, as well as the political consequences in public debate. The author also considers the recent geographical reversal of political parties in the Blue States and the Red States and the parallels between dialect differences and the results of recent presidential elections. Finally, in attempting to account for the history and geography of linguistic change among whites, Labov highlights fascinating correlations between patterns of linguistic divergence and the politics of race and slavery, going back to the antebellum United States. Complemented by an online collection of audio files that illustrate key dialectical nuances, Dialect Diversity in America offers an unparalleled sociolinguistic study from a preeminent scholar in the field"--Publisher's description
Locating language in time and space( Book )

12 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The atlas of North American English : phonetics, phonology, and sound change : a multimedia reference tool by William Labov( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Atlas of North American English" provides the first overall view of the pronunciation and vowel systems of the dialects of the U.S. and Canada. The Atlas re-defines the regional dialects of American English on the basis of sound changes active in the 1990s and draws new boundaries reflecting those changes. It is based on a telephone survey of 762 local speakers, representing all the urbanized areas of North America. It has been developed by Bill Labov, one of the leading sociolinguists of the world, together with his colleagues Sharon Ash and Charles Boberg. The Atlas consists of a printed volume accompanied by an interactive CD-ROM. Starting January 2006, the print and multimedia content will also be available online. It is a combined Edition: Book and Multimedia CD-ROM. The printed volume contains: 23 chapters that re-define the geographic boundaries of North American dialects and trace the influence of gender, age, education, and city size on the progress of sound change; findings that show a dramatic and increasing divergence of English in North America; 139 four colour maps that illustrate the regional distribution of phonological and phonetic variables across the North A
Towards a social science of language : papers in honor of William Labov by Gregory R Guy( Book )

39 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a two-volume collection of original research papers designed to reflect the breadth and depth of the impact that William Labov has had on linguistic science. Four areas of 'Labovian' linguistics are addressed: First is the study of variation and change; the papers in sections I and II of the first volume take this as their central theme, with a focus on either the social context and uses of language (I) or on the the internal linguistic dynamics of variation and change (II). The study of African American English, and other language varieties in the Americas spoken by people of African descent and influenced by their linguistic heritage, is the subject of the papers in section III of the first volume. The third theme is the study of discourse; the papers in section I of the second volume develop themes in Labovian linguistics that go back to Labov's work on narrative, descriptive, and therapeutic discourse. Fourth is the emphasis on language use, the search for discursive, interactive, and meaningful determinants of the complexity in human communication. Papers with these themes appear in section II of the second volume
The language of life and death : the transformation of experience in oral narrative by William Labov( Book )

13 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We share the experience of others through the stories they tell of the crucial events in their lives. This book provides a rich range of narratives that grip the reader's attention together with an analysis of how it is done. While remaining true to the facts, narrators use linguistic devices to present themselves in the best possible light and change the listener's perception of who is to blame for what has occurred. William Labov extends his widely used framework for narrative analysis to matters of greatest human concern: the danger of
Le parler ordinaire la langue dans les ghettos noirs des Etats-Unis by William Labov( Book )

21 editions published between 1978 and 1993 in French and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sprache im sozialen Kontext : Beschreibung und Erklärung struktureller und sozialer Bedeutung von Sprachvariation by William Labov( Book )

28 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in German and Undetermined and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a linguistic fact? by William Labov( Book )

11 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the non-standard English of Negro and Puerto Rican speakers in New York City. Cooperative research project no. 3288 by William Labov( Book )

18 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents: v. 1 Phonological and grammatical analysis. v. 2 The use of language in the speech community
Principles of linguistic change by William Labov( Book )

30 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by the world-renowned pioneer in the field of modern sociolinguistics, this volume examines the cognitive and cultural factors responsible for linguistic change, tracing the life history of these developments, from triggering events to driving forces and endpoints. Explores the major insights obtained by combining sociolinguistics with the results of dialect geography on a large scaleExamines the cognitive and cultural influences responsible for linguistic changeDemonstrates under what conditions dialects diverge from one anotherEstablishes an essential distinction between transmission
Social interaction and discourse structures( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Variation and change in language and society : papers in honor of William Labov( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language variety in the South revisited by Cynthia Goldin Bernstein( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Top linguists from diverse fields address language varieties in the South. Language Variety in the South Revisited is a comprehensive collection of new research on southern United States English by foremost scholars of regional language variation. Like its predecessor, Language Variety in the South: Perspectives in Black and White (The University of Alabama Press, 1986), this book includes current research into African American vernacular English, but it greatly expands the scope of investigation and offers an extensive assessment of the fiel
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William Labov Amerikaans taalkundige

William Labov linguista statunitense

William Labov US-amerikanischer Linguist

Лабов, Уильям

Уилям Лабов

ويليام لابوف

विलियम लेबाव

উইলিয়াম লাবভ

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The social stratification of English in New York CityPrinciples of linguistic changeThe atlas of North American English : phonetics, phonology, and sound change : a multimedia reference toolTowards a social science of language : papers in honor of William LabovPrinciples of linguistic changeSocial interaction and discourse structuresVariation and change in language and society : papers in honor of William Labov