The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
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Speakers’ discourses manifest the constitution of social identity in institutional settings as a product of many functional and social parameters. Speakers in an international business environment may employ language mixes for both functional-communicative reasons and as a stylistic device. This study examines the ways in which those working in the local German headquarters of an international corporation use English-German language mixes when displaying and negotiating their social identities. They operate in the context of the global structure of their organizational unit and the organizational specifics of the local German department to which they are deployed.