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Language variation and change

Reem Bassiouney

in Arabic Sociolinguistics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780748623730
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623730.003.0004
Language variation and change

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This chapter highlights three crucial theories in examining language variation: the social class theory, the social networks theory, and the third wave approach to variation studies. It first sheds light on methods used in quantitative variation research and problems related to them. Then it concentrates on specific variables that trigger language variation and change, followed by a discussion of diglossia and levelling.

Keywords: language variation; social class theory; social networks theory; third wave approach; diglossia; levelling

Chapter.  18827 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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