Language Change and Variation

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  • Editors: Ralph W. Fasold1, and Deborah Schiffrin1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1989
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027286079

The study of language variation in social context continues to hold the attention of a large number of linguists. This research is promoted by the annual colloquia on New Ways of Analyzing Variation in English' (NWAVE). This volume is a selection of revised papers from the NWAVE XI, held at Georgetown University. It deals with a number of items, some of which have often been discussed, others that have been less emphasized. The first group of articles in the volume center on a frequent theme: speech communities as the essential setting for understanding variation in language. Earlier work in linguistic variation dealt for the most part with phonological variation and change. Syntactic and morphological change and variation in syntax are also discussed. A selection on the role of variation in understanding first language acquisition comprises three papers. Articles in the last section of the volume concern theoretical controversy and methodological advances.

Subjects: Applied linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

  • Affiliations: 1: Georgetown University

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