Syntax and Variation

Reconciling the Biological and the Social

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| Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
| University of Newcastle
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The papers in this collection share a common interest in the empirical, theoretical and meta-theoretical aspects of the ‘internal-external’ (‘formal-functional’) debate in linguistic theory. The primary aim of this volume is to initiate cooperation between internationally renowned generative and variationist linguists with a view to developing an innovative and more cohesive approach to syntactic variation. The present volume contains treatments incorporating the analysis of external factors into accounts focusing on the internal linguistic conditioning of syntactic variation and change cross-linguistically. As such, it offers novel approaches to three key areas of current linguistic debate, viz. (1) Methodological practices, (2) Theoretical applications and (3) Modularity. The volume is, therefore, an important achievement for the progress of linguistic theory more generally and it is an even more crucial milestone in the coming-of-age of ‘Socio-Syntax’ as a discipline in its own right.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 265]  2005.  vi, 312 pp.
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Table of Contents
Toward an integrated approach to syntactic variation: A retrospective and prospective synopsis
Leonie Cornips and Karen P. Corrigan
1–27
Part 1: Aspects of modularity
A modular approach to sociolinguistic variation in syntax: The gerund in Ecuadorian Spanish
Pieter Muysken
31–53
Selective optionality in language development
Antonella Sorace
55–80
Syntactic variation and spoken language
Jenny Cheshire
81–106
Part 2: Individual speaker variability and methodological innovation
Idiolectal variation and syntactic theory
Alison Henry
109–122
Focus raising: A paradigmatic example of the treatment of syntactic variation
Judit Gervain and Gábor Zemplén
123–145
Part 3: Syntactic variability, social stratification and real/apparent time
Variation and the minimalist program
David Adger and Jennifer Smith
149–178
Principles and parameters in change
Elly van Gelderen
179–198
Morphosyntactic variation and theory: Subject-verb agreement in Acadian French
Ruth King
199–229
Part 4: Syntactic variability across geographical space
Word order variation in three-verb clusters and the division of labour between generative linguistics and sociolinguistics
Sjef Barbiers
233–264
The third dimension of person features
Paola Benincà and Cecilia Poletto
265–299
Index
301–309
“This vital collection launches a badly needed venture into largely uncharted linguistic terrain. It should be read by every researcher concerned with bridging the gap between sociolinguistic and biolinguistic approaches to variation in syntax. [...] It ought to be a catalyst for direct exchange and debate between variationists and theorists.”
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