Released on 2018-12-03Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Aspects of Linguistic Variation

Aspects of Linguistic Variation

Author: Daniël Olmen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110607963

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 286

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Linguistic variation is a topic of ongoing interest to the field. Its description and its explanations continue to intrigue scholars from many different backgrounds. By taking a deliberately broad perspective on the matter, covering not only crosslinguistic and diachronic but also intralinguistic and interspeaker variation and examining phenomena ranging from negation over connectives to definite articles in well- and lesser-known languages, the volume furthers our understanding of variation in general. The papers offer new insights into, among other things, the theoretical notion of comparative concepts, the social or mental nature of language structure, the areal factor in lexical typology and the diachronic implications of semantic maps. The collection will thus be of relevance to typologists and historical linguists, as well as to people studying variation within the areas of cognitive and functional linguistics.
Released on 2011-10-03Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Variationist Sociolinguistics

Variationist Sociolinguistics

Author: Sali A. Tagliamonte

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405135917

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 436

View: 654

Variationist Sociolinguistics: Change, Observation, Interpretation presents a comprehensive, intermediate level examination of Language Variation and Change, the branch of sociolinguistics concerned with linguistic variation in spoken and written language. Represents the most up-to-date coverage of the history, developments, and methodologies of variationist sociolinguistics Addresses all aspects of linguistic variation, including areas not usually covered in introductory texts, e.g. the phonological, morpho-syntactic, discourse/pragmatic Outlines comparative sociolinguistic approach, data collection, methodological issues; and addresses state-of-the-art contemporary quantitative methods and statistical practice Features cutting-edge research at an appropriate level to facilitate student learning Engages students throughout with a variety of pedagogical features, including Mini Quizzes to test comprehension, extensive Exercises at the end of each chapter, the opportunity to do hands-on quantitative analysis of a never-before published data set, and Notes and Tips that offer insight into conducting sociolinguistic research. Extra materials and answers to the exercises are available at www.wiley.com/go/tagliamonte
Released on 2018-12-03Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Aspects of Linguistic Variation

Aspects of Linguistic Variation

Author: Daniël Olmen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110609875

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 285

View: 869

Linguistic variation is a topic of ongoing interest to the field. Its description and its explanations continue to intrigue scholars from many different backgrounds. By taking a deliberately broad perspective on the matter, covering not only crosslinguistic and diachronic but also intralinguistic and interspeaker variation and examining phenomena ranging from negation over connectives to definite articles in well- and lesser-known languages, the volume furthers our understanding of variation in general. The papers offer new insights into, among other things, the theoretical notion of comparative concepts, the social or mental nature of language structure, the areal factor in lexical typology and the diachronic implications of semantic maps. The collection will thus be of relevance to typologists and historical linguists, as well as to people studying variation within the areas of cognitive and functional linguistics.
Released on 2003-01-01Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Cross-Linguistic Variation in System and Text

Cross-Linguistic Variation in System and Text

Author: Elke Teich

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110896541

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 286

View: 364

The intuition that translations are somehow different from texts that are not translations has been around for many years, but most of the common linguistic frameworks are not comprehensive enough to account for the wealth and complexity of linguistic phenomena that make a translation a special kind of text. The present book provides a novel methodology for investigating the specific linguistic properties of translations. As this methodology is both corpus-based and driven by a functional theory of language, it is powerful enough to account for the multi-dimensional nature of cross-linguistic variation in translations and cross-lingually comparable texts.
Released on 2008Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation

The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation

Author: Terttu Nevalainen

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027234827

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 348

View: 134

Variability is characteristic of any living language. This volume approaches the 'life cycle' of linguistic variability in English using data sources that range from electronic corpora to the internet. In the spirit of the 1968 Weinreich, Labov and Herzog classic, the fifteen contributions divide into three sections, each highlighting different stages in the dynamics of English across time and space. They show, first, how increase in variability can be initiated by processes that give rise to new patterns of discourse, which can ultimately crystallize into new grammatical elements. The next phase is the spread of linguistic features and patterns of discourse, both new and well established, through the social and regional varieties of English. The final phase in this ebb and flow of linguistic variability consists of processes promoting some variable features over others across registers and regional and social varieties, thus resulting in reduced variation and increased linguistic homogeneity.
Released on 2018-09-06Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Locus of Linguistic Variation

The Locus of Linguistic Variation

Author: Constantine Lignos

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027263667

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 193

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This volume explores how the patterning of surface variation can shed light on the grammatical representation of variable phenomena. The authors explore variation in several domains, addressing intra- and inter-dialectal patterns, using diverse sources of data including corpora of naturally-occurring speech and judgment studies, and drawing on lesser-studied varieties of familiar languages, such as Northwest British Englishes and varieties of Canadian French. Ultimately, the contributions serve to expand our understanding of the nature of the mental representations and abstract processes required to support variation in language. Originally published as special issue of Linguistic Variation 16:2 (2016)
Released on 2015-12-15Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Linguistic Variation in Research Articles

Linguistic Variation in Research Articles

Author: Bethany Gray

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027268044

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 222

View: 517

Linguistic Variation in Research Articles investigates the linguistic characteristics of academic research articles, going beyond a traditional analysis of the generically-defined research article to take into account varied realizations of research articles within and across disciplines. It combines corpus-based analyses of 70+ linguistic features with analyses of the situational, or non-linguistic, characteristics of the Academic Journal Registers Corpus: 270 research articles from 6 diverse disciplines (philosophy, history, political science, applied linguistics, biology, physics) and representing three sub-registers (theoretical, quantitative, and qualitative research). Comprehensive analyses include a lexical/grammatical survey, an exploration of structural complexity, and a Multi-Dimensional analysis, all interpreted relative to the situational analysis of the corpus. The finding that linguistic variation in research articles does not occur along a single parameter like discipline is discussed relative to our understanding of disciplinary practices, the multidimensional nature of variation in research articles, and resulting methodological considerations for corpus studies of disciplinary writing.
Released on 2012-12-06Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Features, Categories and the Syntax of A-Positions

Features, Categories and the Syntax of A-Positions

Author: E. Haeberli

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401006040

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 381

View: 144

This book investigates various aspects of the distribution of nominal arguments, and in particular the cross-linguistic variation that can be found among the Germanic languages in this domain of the syntax. The empirical topics discussed include variable vs. fixed argument order, the distribution of subjects with respect to adjuncts, expletive constructions, and oblique subjecthood. These are analyzed within a theoretical framework which is based on the Minimalist Program.
Released on 2015Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Author: Bernd Heine

Publisher: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistic

ISBN: 9780199677078

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1217

View: 406

Fifty of the world's most distinguished scholars subject the analytic frameworks of contemporary linguistics to the same set of principled questions, showing which models best explain particular phenomena and offering a unique overview of linguistic theory.
Released on 2015-09-03Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Exploring Language and Linguistics

Exploring Language and Linguistics

Author: Natalie Braber

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316432105

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page:

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Exploring Language and Linguistics considers the key concepts of linguistics and the application of these concepts to real-world settings. The first eight chapters cover the standard topics of introduction to linguistics courses, while subsequent chapters introduce students to applied topics such as media discourse, literary linguistics and psycholinguistics. Each chapter has been written by a subject expert and experienced teacher, ensuring that the text is both up-to-date and clearly presented. Numerous learning features provide extensive student support: exercises allow students to review their understanding of key topics; summaries encourage students to reflect on the main points of each chapter; figures, photos, tables and charts clarify complex topics; and annotated suggestions for further reading point students to resources for self-study. A companion website, with 170 self-test questions, suggested group exercises, audio files and links to additional web resources, completes the learning package.