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Journal Title: Languages in Contrast
Volume/Issue:   12/1
Issue Title: Contrastive Linguistics and other Approaches to Language Comparison
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 2012. v, 119 pp.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1–2

Articles

Contrastive linguistics and language comparison
Ekkehard König
3–26

Contrastive linguistics and language change: Reanalysis in Germanic relative clauses
Wayne Harbert
27–46

Contrastive linguistics and micro-variation: The role of dialectology
Cecilia Poletto
47–68

From contrastive linguistics to linguistic typology
Johan van der Auwera
69–86

Reviews

Hans Boas, Contrastive Studies in Construction Grammar.
Reviewed by Daniel Wiechmann
87–92

Carsten Breul and Edward Göbbel (eds.), Comparative and Contrastive Studies of
Information Structure.
Reviewed by Arndt Riester
93–101

John Leavitt, Linguistic Relativities: Language Diversity and Modern Thought.
Reviewed by Katerina Stathi
102–106

Fanny Meunier, Sylvie De Cock, Gaëtanelle Gilquin and Magali Paquot (eds.), A
Taste for Corpora. In honour of Sylviane Granger [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 45]
Reviewed by Marcus Callies
107–111

Karin Aijmer (ed.), Contrastive Pragmatics
Reviewed by María de los Ángeles Gómez González
112-119
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
Dutch
English
French
German
Gothic
Japanese
Yiddish, Eastern
Yiddish, Western
Language Family(ies): Romance
 
LL Issue: 23.2136