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Syntactic variation and change

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Abstract

This chapter introduces linguistic variation, specifically contact-induced language variation, from a variationist point of view. It shows that a focus on social and linguistic constraints on variation using statistical tools provides clues for distinguishing different processes of transfer. Taking examples of subject and object expression in Bislama, an English-lexified Creole, and Tamambo, a conservative Eastern Oceanic language, it illustrates weak and strong transfers and calque/calquing.

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