Linguistic Variables

Towards a unified theory of linguistic variation

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This book for the first time reconstructs in a single theoretical framework the more important approaches to linguistic variation found in areas as different as historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, stylistics, contrastive linguistics, language typology, so-called evaluation grammar, and current Chomskyan generative grammar (generally with an emphasis on syntax). The book concentrates on language-internal variation but also analyses typological research and considers the question of how linguistic descriptions may account for variation both within and between languages. The book's first and primary aim is adequate conceptualization in the area of linguistic variation. Its second aim is a practical one: to contribute, from a theoretical point of view, to the vast descriptive effort that is demanded in linguistics in documenting endangered languages. Its third aim is, simply, orientation. Using a non-Labovian notion of linguistic variable, the author distinguishes a holistic and a component approach to linguistic variation. A precise version of the former is developed by formulating a theory of language varieties based on the concept of variety structure of a language; it is then shown how the proposals made by major representatives of the component approach can be integrated into this framework. The theory is extended to interlanguage variation and applied, in particular, to typology. It is further extended to establish the properties of linguistic descriptions that account for variation in a unified way.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 108]  1993.  xiv, 261 pp.
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Table of Contents
On this book
v
I. Orientation
1. Linguistic variables
3
2. Major approaches to linguistic variation
13
3. An overview of syntactic variation studies
23
II. Setting the stage
4. The diachronic perspective
33
5. Basic ideas
45
6. In defense of variety structures: the problem of idiolects
51
7. In defense of variety structures: classification systems
57
8. The variety structure of a historical language: overview
63
III. A theory of language varieties
9. Variety structures as classification systems
77
10. External criteria
93
11. System-based criteria
101
12. Language, varieties, idiolects
115
13. Varieties and idiolect systems
125
IV. Integrating the component approach
14. Variants and variables
135
15. Reconstructions: Chomsky and Seiler
147
16. On the conception of evaluation grammars
157
17. Evaluation grammars, variable rules, and lingustic variables
165
18. Solving the integration problem
177
V. Extensions
19. Going beyond varieties
187
20. Grammars and their terminology
203
21. Grammatical statements
219
Bibliography
235
Index of names
245
Index of subjects and terms
248
List of symbols and abbreviations
259
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  93005760