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Contact, variation, and change in the history of English


Contact, variation, and change in the history of English. Edited by: Pfenninger, Simone E; Timofeeva, Olga; Gardner, Anne-Christine; Honkapohja, Alpo; Hundt, Marianne; Schreier, Daniel (2014). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Abstract

The papers in this volume aim at facilitating exchange between three fields of inquiry that are of great importance in historical linguistics: language change, (socio)linguistic research on variation, and contact linguistics. Drawing on a range of recently-developed methodological innovations, such as methods for quantifying the linguistic variation (that is a prerequisite for language change) or new corpus-based methods for investigating text-type variation, the contributors are able to trace linguistic change in different periods and contact situations, demonstrate how variation occurs, and in how far language change results out of this variation. Thus, the chapters go beyond core issues of language variation and change, focusing on the boundary between word and grammar, discourse and ideology in the history of the English language.

Abstract

The papers in this volume aim at facilitating exchange between three fields of inquiry that are of great importance in historical linguistics: language change, (socio)linguistic research on variation, and contact linguistics. Drawing on a range of recently-developed methodological innovations, such as methods for quantifying the linguistic variation (that is a prerequisite for language change) or new corpus-based methods for investigating text-type variation, the contributors are able to trace linguistic change in different periods and contact situations, demonstrate how variation occurs, and in how far language change results out of this variation. Thus, the chapters go beyond core issues of language variation and change, focusing on the boundary between word and grammar, discourse and ideology in the history of the English language.

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Item Type:Edited Scientific Work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:Theoretical linguistics; Germanic linguistics; Historical linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; English linguistics
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:14 Jan 2014 10:10
Last Modified:14 Aug 2017 19:00
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
Series Name:Studies in language companion series
Volume:159
Number of Pages:326
ISSN:0165-7763
ISBN:978-90-272-5924-0, 90-272-5924-0, 9789027269935 (E-Book)
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.159
Related URLs:https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/slcs.159/main

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