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Journal Title: Language Variation and Change
Volume/Issue:   20/1
Date: 2008
Table of Contents: Defaults and indeterminacy in temporal grammaticalization: The ‘perfect’ road to perfective
by Scott A Schwenter, Rena Torres Cacoullos
pp 1-39

Counting and coding the past: Circumscribing the variable context in quantitative analyses of past inflection
by Stephanie Hackert
pp 127-153

Sociolinguistic patterns in grammaticalization: He, they, and those in human indefinite reference
by Mikko Laitinen
pp 155-185

The role of prosody in morphological change: The case of Hebrew bound numerals
by Irit Meir
pp 41-65

Regional differences in perceiving vowel tokens on Southerness, education, and pleasantness ratings
by Valerie M. Fridland
pp 67-83

The variable expression of future tense in Peninsular Spanish: The present (and future) of inflectional forms in the Spanish spoken in a bilingual region
by José Luis Blas Arroyo
pp 85-126

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Sociolinguistics
 
LL Issue: 19.1324