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Title: Types of Variation
Subtitle: Diachronic, dialectal and typological interfaces
Edited By: Terttu Nevalainen
Juhani Klemola
Mikko Laitinen
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%2076
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 76

This volume makes three fields interface that are rarely discussed in the
same context. Its underlying theme is linguistic variation, and the ways in
which historical linguists and dialectologists may learn from insights
offered by typology, and vice versa. The aim of the contributions is to
raise the awareness of these linguistic subdisciplines of each other and to
encourage their cross-fertilization to their mutual benefit.

If linguistic typology is to unify the study of all types of linguistic
variation, this variation, both diatopic and diachronic, will enrich
typological research itself. With the aim of capturing the relevant
dimensions of variation, the studies in this volume make use of new
methodologies, including electronic corpora and databases, which enable
cross- and intralinguistic comparisons dialectally and across time. Based
on original research and unified by an innovative theme, the volume will be
of interest to both students and teachers of linguistics and Germanic

Table of contents

Part I: Typology and grammaticalization
'Triangulation' of diachrony, dialectology and typology: An overview
Terttu Nevalainen, Juhani Klemola and Mikko Laitinen 3–19
Bi-directional vs. uni-directional asymmetries in the encoding of semantic
distinctions in free and bound person forms
Anna Siewierska and Dik Bakker 21–50
Part II: Diachrony and typology
Historical morphology from a typological point of view: Examples from English
Dieter Kastovsky 53–80
Typology and comparative linguistics: Jakobson revisited
Konstantin G. Krasukhin 81–97
Primary adjectives in English and German: Variation and change in diachrony
and typology
Thomas Schöneborn 99–120
The concessive connective albeit: A diachronic corpus-based study
Elina Sorva 121–148
Possessives and determiners in Old English
Cynthia L. Allen 149–170
Analytic of the samyn or synthetic its? The use of neuter possessives in
Older Scots texts
Joanna Bugaj 171–201
Expressing human indefiniteness in English: Typology and markedness of
Mikko Laitinen 203–239
Part III: Dialectology and typology
Dialect and typology: Where they meet — and where they don't
Werner Abraham 243–267
Somerset relativizers revisited
Kirsti Peitsara 269–280
Resilient or yielding? Features of Irish English syntax and aspect in early
Clemens Fritz 281–301
Part IV: Dialectology, typology and diachrony
Negative indefinites: A typological and diachronic perspective on a
Brabantic construction
Johan Van der Auwera, Ludovic de Cuypere and Annemie Neuckermans 305–319
The relatives who and what in northern East Anglia
Patricia Poussa 321–350
Vernacular universals? The case of plural was in Early Modern English
Terttu Nevalainen 351–369
Indexes 371–378

"Much as in social science overall, compartmentalization in linguistics is
increasingly giving way to integrated, interdisciplinary approaches.... The
volume editors are to be commended for having pursued this exciting new
line of linguistic research and for having compiled a volume which is no
doubt soon going to be recognized as a milestone publication for the ­
still nascent ­ integrated, or dynamic, approach to the study of language
variation." Professor Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027230862
ISBN-13: 9789027230867
Pages: 378
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