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The speech community

Patrick, Peter L (2001) The speech community. Working Paper. Essex Research Reports in Linguistics, University of Essex, Colchester, UK. (Unpublished)


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The speech community (SpCom), a core concept in empirical linguistics, is at the intersection of many principal problems in sociolinguistic theory and method. This paper traces its history of development and divergence, surveys general problems with contemporary notions, and discusses links to key issues in investigating language variation and change. It neither offers a new and correct definition nor rejects the concept (both are seen as misguided efforts), nor does it exhaustively survey the applications in the field (an impossibly large task).

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 12:03
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:36

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