Sociolinguistic Variation and Changeis a selection of Peter Trudgill's major works since 1990, appearing here in updated and revised form. The book deals with a number of different but related topics:
- The role of English in the world, and the nature of Standard English or Englishes
- Language as a human issue and how sociolinguistic research might solve educational and other real-world problems
- The problematic and interconnected relationships between nation and language and dialect, and the linguistic characteristics of the varieties concerned
- Sociohistorical linguistics, in particular the relationship between colonial and motherland varieties of English; dialect contact and language contact; and the sociolinguistically informed dialectology of linguistic change.
The major overall unifying theme of the book is linguistic variation and, as the diachronic outcome of linguistic variation, linguistic change.