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Title: The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation
Subtitle: Corpus Evidence on English Past and Present
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SILV%202
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation 2
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027234825
ISBN-13: 9789027234827
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ISBN-13: 9789027290380
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