End of ADS-L Digest - 5 Apr 1996 to 6 Apr 1996 ********************************************** There is one message totalling 34 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. books by Chambers and by Chaika ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 7 Apr 1996 20:03:43 -0500 From: "Peter L. Patrick" Subject: Re: books by Chambers and by Chaika Barbara, I've looked through the Chambers book-- I confess to not having read it all yet!-- and used parts of it, though not much, for a grad class in Variation Analysis I'm teaching this spring. I plan to use a lot more of it for a fall grad class in Sociolinguistic Variation (the difference is that I'm focusing on internal linguistic variation and quantitative methods now, and will focus on external variables such as age, sex, class-- JKC's big three-- and language change in the fall). It's a really interesting volume, and the first chapter contains some big-picture stuff I find very helpful. But I don't think it would work out very well for a class without much linguistics or sociolx background unless you picked and chose and filled in stuff a lot for them. It's not really an intro textbook of that sort. On the other hand, he has a straightforward approach to sociolx that focuses on covariation of language with social factors that I think is what undergrads get most easily, more than Labov's approach stressing that variation is central to grammar. I've been noticing lately how people seem to divide up on this count, stating plainly that the most important aspect is [whichever one they prefer]; Walt Wolfram's one of the few agnostics, saying you can do either one, and they're not the same, take your pick. Speaking of the devil, is it true that Wolfram's 1991 textbook on dialects is out of print? Does anyone have a good-shape extra copy they'd like to sell me? I'll pay postage. (Write me directly if you do. Thanks.) --peter patrick