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Journal Title: Language Variation and Change
Volume/Issue:   20/2
Date: 2008
Table of Contents: When is a Change Not a Change? A Case Study on the Dialect Origins of New Zealand English
by David Britain
pp 187-223

Accountability in Morphological Borrowing: Analyzing a linguistic subsystem as a sociolinguistic variable
by Tara Sanchez
pp 225-253

Re-examining Vocalic Variation in Scottish English: A Cognitive Grammar approach
by Lynn Clark
pp 255-273

Consonant Weakening in Florentine Italian: A cross-disciplinary approach to gradient and variable sound change
by Christina Villafaña Dalcher
pp 275-316

Morphosyntactic and Phonological Constraints on Negative Particle Variation in French-Language Chat Discourse
by Rémi A van Compernolle
pp 317-339

Contact Effects of Translation: Distinguishing two kinds of influence in Old English
by Ann Taylor
pp 341-365

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Translation
 
LL Issue: 19.2500