Language Variation – European Perspectives III contains 18 selected
papers from the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe
which took place in Copenhagen 2009. The volume includes plenaries by
Penelope Eckert (‘Where does the social stop?’) and Brit Mæhlum (on how
cities have been viewed by dialectologists, sociolinguists – and lay
people). In between these two longer papers, the editors have selected 16
others ranging over a wide field of interest from phonetics (i.a.
Stuart-Smith, Timmins and Alam) via syntax (Wiese) to information structure
(Moore and Snell) and from cognitive semantics (Levshina, Geeraerts and
Spelman) to the perceptual study of intonation (Feizollahi and Soukoup).
Several of the papers concern methodological questions within corpus based
studies of variation (Buchstaller and Corrigan, Vangsnes and Johannessen,
and Ruus and Duncker). Taken as a whole the papers demonstrate how wide the
field of variation studies has become during the last two decades. It is
now central to almost all linguistic subfields.