Peter Trudgill (1943 -)

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Research Interests

  • Dialects

Notable Ideas

  • One of the first to apply Labovian sociolinguistic methodology in the UK

Academic Life

Peter Trudgill is a sociolinguist. He was professor of English language and linguistics at the University of Lausanne and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, from which he retired in September 2005.

He has carried out linguistic fieldwork in Britain, Greece and Norway, and has lectured in most European countries, Canada, the United States, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Fiji, Malawi and Japan.

Trudgill is a well-known authority on dialects, as well as being one of the first to apply Labovian sociolinguistic methodology in the UK, and to provide a framework for studying dialect contact phenomena.

Main Publications

  • Trudgill, Peter (1974). The Social Differentiation of English in Norwich. London: Cambridge University Press.
  • Trudgill, Peter (1976). Sociolinguistics: an introduction. London: Penguin Books.
  • Trudgill, Peter (1978). Accent dialect and the school. London: Edward Arnold.
  • Trudgill, Peter (1984). Applied sociolinguistics (editor). London: Academic Press.
  • Trudgill, Peter (1986). Dialects in contact. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Trudgill, Peter (1990). The Dialects of England. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Trudgill, Peter (1990). Bad language [with L.G. Andersson]. London: Penguin (pbk); and Oxford: Blackwell.

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