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Title: Variation and Change
Subtitle: Pragmatic perspectives
Edited By: Mirjam Fried
Jan-Ola Östman
Jef Verschueren
Series Title: Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights 6

The ten volumes of the Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights focus on
the most salient topics in the field of pragmatics, thus dividing its wide
interdisciplinary spectrum in a transparent and manageable way. While the
other volumes select specific philosophical, cognitive, grammatical,
cultural, interactional, or discursive angles, this sixth volume focuses on
the dynamic aspects of language and reviews the relevant developments in
variationist and diachronic scholarship. The areas explored in the volume
concern several general themes: specific methodological approaches, from
comparative reconstruction to evolutionary pragmatics; issues in
intra-lingual variation in terms of standard and non-standard varieties;
cross-linguistic variation, including its cross-cultural dimension; and the
study of diachronic relations across linguistic patterns, including changes
in all areas of pragmatic patterns and categories. The contributions
document two prominent and interrelated trends that shape contemporary
variationist and diachronic research. One, it has moved from situating
change within context-independent systems toward incorporating patterns of
language use and the speaker’s role in language change. And two, it has
reoriented its focus away from cataloguing instances of variation and
toward seeking theoretically informed accounts that aim at
explaining variation and change. On the whole, the volume argues for
accepting and developing actively a systematic connection between research
in diachrony, synchronic variation, and typology, while also incorporating
the socio-cognitive perspective in linguistic analysis as a particularly
promising source of useful methodology and explanatory models.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289179
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ISBN-13: 9789027207838
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