From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Language Variation - European Perspectives: Hinskens (Ed)
Title: Language Variation - European Perspectives
Subtitle: Selected papers from the Third International Conference on Language
Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 3), Amsterdam, June 2005
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation 1
Publisher: John Benjamins
Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SILV%201
Editor: Frans Hinskens
Hardback: ISBN: 9027234817 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 132.00
This volume presents 16 original studies of variation in languages
representing the three main European language families, as well as in
varieties of Greek and Hungarian. The studies concern variation in or
across dialects or dialect groups, in standard varieties or in emerging
regional varieties of the standard. Several studies investigate a specific
linguistic element or structure, while others focus on areas of tension
between variation and prescriptive standard norms, on regional standard
varieties and regiolects, on problems of linguistic classification (from
folk linguistic or dialect geographical perspectives) and the
classification of speakers. Language acquisition plays a main role in three
The studies in this volume represent a range of methods, including
ethnographic and 'interpretative' approaches, conversation analysis,
analyses of the internal and geographical distribution of dialect features,
the classification and quantitative analyses of socio-demographic speaker
background data, quantitative analyses of both diachronic and synchronic
language data, phonetic measurements, as well as (quasi-)experimental
The volume thus offers a microcosmic reflection of the macrocosmos of
world-wide research on variability in (originally) European languages at
the beginning of the 21th century and the linguistic expression of cultural
Written In: English (eng )
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