Date: 08-Sep-2009 From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com> Subject: Describing and Modeling Variation in Grammar: Dufter, Fleischer, Seiler (Eds) E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Describing and Modeling Variation in Grammar
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 204
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Editor: Andreas Dufter
Editor: Jürg Fleischer
Editor: Guido Seiler
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216097 Pages: 410 Price: U.S. $ 137.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216097 Pages: 410 Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110205909 Pages: 410 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110205909 Pages: 410 Price: U.S. $ 137.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America
While variation within individual languages has traditionally been focused upon in sociolinguistics, its relevance for grammatical theory has only recently been acknowledged. On the methodological side, there is an ongoing competition between large-scale statistical analyses and investigations that rely more heavily on introspection and elicited grammaticality judgments.
The aim of this volume is to bridge the 'cultural gap' between empirical-variationist and formal-theoretical approaches in linguistics. The volume offers case studies that seek to combine corpus-based and competence-based approaches to the description of variation. In doing so, it opens up new avenues for locating and analyzing variability, both at the level of the individual speaker and between speakers of different dialects and generations. The contributions document the plurality of current research into models of grammatical competence that live up to the challenge of variationist data. More specifically, parameter-based (e.g. Minimalist), constraint-based (e.g. Optimality Theoretic), and usage-based (e.g. Construction Grammar) approaches to variation are discussed.
The volume therefore is of interest to a broad public within linguistics, including syntacticians of different theoretical persuasion, morphologists and sociolinguists. While a majority of contributions addresses facets of variation in English and German, the volume also includes variationist studies written by specialists of French, Dutch, Icelandic, and Uralic.