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Title: Language Variation – European Perspectives II
Subtitle: Selected papers from the 4th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 4), Nicosia, June 2007
Edited By: Stavroula Tsiplakou
Marilena Ph Karyolemou
Pavlos Pavlou
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation 5

This volume contains a selection of papers from the 4th International
Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 4), which was held at
the University of Cyprus from June 17th–19th 2007. The variety of
theoretical frameworks and methodological perspectives (from Generative
Grammar, Word Grammar, Government Phonology, Optimality Theory and
Distributed Morphology to quantitative, Labovian and ethnographic
approaches to variation and change, real and apparent time studies,
phonetic analysis and metatheoretical papers on quantitative analysis), as
well as the sheer number of linguistic varieties examined, attest both to
the breadth and scope of the conference and to its status as a
meeting-place for synchronic and diachronic linguistic description and
theoretical exploration. One of the major themes running through the volume
is the explicit concern with methodological refinement. Almost all the
contributions address issues of methodology in various aspects of data
collection and analysis, be they questionnaire surveys and interview data,
spoken or written corpora, real- and apparent-time studies, dialect atlases
and maps, statistical models or software. Alongside methodological issues,
and especially with regard to the treatment of historical data, many of the
papers in the volume explicitly address theoretical issues, for example the
relative weighting of linguistic/systemic, cognitive and discourse factors
in the exploration of language variation and change.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289261
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027234858
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00