JANET HOLMES a1andPAUL KERSWILL a2 a1 Department of Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington, P.O. Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand a2 Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University LA1 4YT, UK, email@example.com
There is much that any sociolinguist would agree with in Peter Trudgill's essay. It is written in his usual lucid style, and supported by a wealth of detail, reflecting his extensive knowledge, research, and scholarly expertise. However, it is stimulatingly provocative on the issue of why particular variants win out in dialect contact situations. Our response falls into two sections: (i) the identity issue, and (ii) the New Zealand situation.