The Dynamics of Linguistic Variation

Corpus evidence on English past and present

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| University of Helsinki
| University of Helsinki
| University of Tempere
| University of Helsinki
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Variability is characteristic of any living language. This volume approaches the ‘life cycle’ of linguistic variability in English using data sources that range from electronic corpora to the internet. In the spirit of the 1968 Weinreich, Labov and Herzog classic, the fifteen contributions divide into three sections, each highlighting different stages in the dynamics of English across time and space. They show, first, how increase in variability can be initiated by processes that give rise to new patterns of discourse, which can ultimately crystallize into new grammatical elements. The next phase is the spread of linguistic features and patterns of discourse, both new and well established, through the social and regional varieties of English. The final phase in this ebb and flow of linguistic variability consists of processes promoting some variable features over others across registers and regional and social varieties, thus resulting in reduced variation and increased linguistic homogeneity.
[Studies in Language Variation, 2]  2008.  viii, 339 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
vii–viii
Exploring the dynamics of linguistic variation through public and private corpora
Terttu Nevalainen, Irma Taavitsainen and Päivi Pahta
1–9
Part I. Creating discourse
11
Introduction
13–15
'And so now…': The grammaticalisation and (inter)subjectification of now
Tine Defour
17–36
Self-repetition in spoken English discourse
Göran Kjellmer
37–60
Modal adverbs in interaction – obviously and definitely in adolescent speech
Karin Aijmer
61–83
Pressing -ing into service: I don't want you coming around here any more
Michael P. Wherrity and Solveig Granath
85–97
Part II. Moving across varieties
99
Introduction
101–105
Conversations from the speech community: Exploring language variation in synchronic dialect corpora
Sali A. Tagliamonte
107–128
The English modals and semi-modals: Regional and stylistic variation
Peter Collins
129–145
Patterns of negation: The relationship between NO and NOT in regional varieties of English
Pam Peters
147–162
Verb-complementational profiles across varieties of English: Comparing verb classes in Indian English and British English
Joybrato Mukherjee and Marco Schilk
163–181
Angloversals? Concord and interrogatives in contact varieties of English
Andrea Sand
183–202
South Pacific Englishes – Unity and diversity in the usage of the present perfect
Carolin Biewer
203–219
Part III. Levelling out variability
221
Introduction
223–227
Feature loss in 19th century Irish English
Raymond Hickey
229–243
The written wor(l)ds of men and women in early white Australia
Clemens Fritz
245–267
The progressive and phrasal verbs: Evidence of colloquialization in nineteenth-century English?
Erik Smitterberg
269–289
Probabilistic determinants of genitive variation in spoken and written English: A multivariate comparison across time, space, and genres
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi and Lars Hinrichs
291–309
Her daughter's being taken into care or her daughter being taken…? Genitive and common-case marking of subjects of verbal gerund clauses in Present-day English
Susanna Lyne
311–333
Subject index
335–339
“The selection and order of contributions results in a coherent and comprehensive volume of cutting-edge research. The range of methodologies employed and spectrum of linguistic features and varieties of English investigated make this volume a valuable resource for anybody interested in the English language and linguistic variation.”
“[A] fine selection of articles. [...] The volume is warmly recommended to all those interested in linguistic variation and change.”
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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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