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LINGUIST List 20.243

Mon Jan 26 2009

Books: Sociolinguistics: Nevalainen, Taavitsainen, Pahta, Korhonen (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation: Nevalainen, Taavitsainen, Pahta, Korhonen (Eds)


Message 1: The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation: Nevalainen, Taavitsainen, Pahta, Korhonen (Eds)
Date: 22-Jan-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation: Nevalainen, Taavitsainen, Pahta, Korhonen (Eds)
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Title: The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation
Subtitle: Corpus Evidence on English Past and Present
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation 2
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SILV%202

Editor: Terttu Nevalainen
Editor: Irma Taavitsainen
Editor: Päivi Pahta
Editor: Minna Korhonen
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027290380 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027290380 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027234827 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027234827 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Abstract:

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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