- An authentic, inside story about the origins of Sociolinguistics as Language Variation and Change, recording the context and spirit of sociolinguistics
- Provides a timely audio archive of the reminiscences of the major Sociolinguists, including Labov, Fasold, Milroy, Trudgill, and Wolfram, with a companion website at featuring 400 audio clips from the interviews
- Gives students access to the views on language variation of major sociolinguists such as Bill Labov and Peter Trudgill
- Offers a human story of an academic field, and is written in the style of a novel, offering complete accessibility with minimal in-group terminology
Keywords: Variationist sociolinguistics
Variationist sociolinguistics, sociolinguistics, sociolinguists, sociolinguistic variation, Labov, Fasold, Milroy, Trudgill, Wolfram, pidgins, creoles, bilingualism, dialectology, variation studies, Sali Tagliamonte, cognitive linguistics, usage-based theories, phonetics, lab phonology, experimental syntax, quantitative sociolinguistics, sociolinguistic theory, variation in language, English language studies, American English, British English.