Social Saturdays’ posts look at the social side of language. After all, language isn’t just a way to communicate, it is communication.
I’m currently reading the some 800 pages of The Handbook of Language Change and Variation. An interesting read, if depressingly long. I’m on page 41.
Labov, the father of sociolinguistics, categorised linguistics into where the practitioners of a particular branch could be found: “the library, the bush, the closet, the laboratory… [or] the street”. Continue reading