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Place has always been central to studies of language, variation and change. Since the eighteenth century, dialectologists have been mapping language features according to boundaries - both physical and institutional. In the twentieth century, variationist sociolinguists developed techniques to correlate language use with speakers' orientations to place. More recently, perceptual dialectologists are examining the cognitive and ideological processes involved in language-place correlations and working on ways to understand how speakers mentally process space. Bringing together research from across the field of language variation, this volume explores the extent of twenty-first century approaches to place. It features work from both established and influential scholars, and up and coming researchers, and brings language variation research up to date. The volume focuses on four key areas of research: processes of language variation and change across time and space; methods and datasets for regional analysis; perceptions of the local in language research; and ideological representations of place.

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'The volume will have much appeal to established academics and students alike, as a current resource for research and teaching, particularly in the areas of language and identity, language contact, and sociolinguistics more broadly. The appeal and usefulness of the collection reflect the consistently high standard of the research but also the enjoyability of the volume as a collection of work.'

Katherine McCooey-Heap Source: The Modern Language Review

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