The Locus of Linguistic Variation

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This volume explores how the patterning of surface variation can shed light on the grammatical representation of variable phenomena. The authors explore variation in several domains, addressing intra- and inter-dialectal patterns, using diverse sources of data including corpora of naturally-occurring speech and judgment studies, and drawing on lesser-studied varieties of familiar languages, such as Northwest British Englishes and varieties of Canadian French. Ultimately, the contributions serve to expand our understanding of the nature of the mental representations and abstract processes required to support variation in language. Originally published as special issue of Linguistic Variation 16:2 (2016)
[Benjamins Current Topics, 97]  2018.  x, 193 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The locus of linguistic variation
Constantine Lignos, Laurel MacKenzie and Meredith Tamminga
Locating variation in the dative alternation
Alison Biggs
An extension of the comparative sociolinguistics approach for sociosyntax: Comparing a single linguistic constraint across multiple sociolinguistic variables
Philip Comeau
Variant-centered variation and the like conspiracy
Aaron J. Dinkin
Constant effects and the independence of variants in controlled judgment data
Bill Haddican, Daniel Ezra Johnson and Nanna Haug Hilton
Variation as a testing ground for grammatical theory: Variable negative concord in Montréal French
Heather Burnett
The dynamics of variation in individuals
Meredith Tamminga, Laurel MacKenzie and David Embick
“[A]n exceptional book that offers some very interesting and rather stimulating food for thought – in particular with respect to reconciling generative grammar with sociolinguistics. [...] [I]t shows very convincingly paper for paper how theory and data can inform one another and what enormous explanatory power can be revealed by considering both sides of the (language) coin.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018015194 | Marc record