Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Forging third-wave dialectology

Kirk Hazen


After 50 years of scholarship, variationist methods have been expanded to accomplish a wider diversity of goals,  yet  early  approaches  developed  from  20th  century  dialectology  and  served  dialectological  goals. After  the  1990,  the  broader  field  of  sociolinguistics  began  to  shift  its  focus  from  the  correlation  of demographic  categories  with  sociolinguistic  variables  at  the  level  of  the  speech  community  to  the explanation of social meaning as created by individuals’ use of language variation patterns, designated as a  shift  to  a  thirdMwave  of  sociolinguistics.  In  this  shift,  there  is  less  focus  on  dialects  as  geographically anchored  entities,  but  there  is  also  an  opportunity  to  foster  dialectology  to  account  for  individuals’ patterns within  dialects. This paper  illustrates how  the  traditional dialectology methods  can be used  to establish “thirdMwave dialectology”.

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