Variation and Change

Pragmatic perspectives

Editors
| Institute for the Czech Language, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
| University of Helsinki
| University of Antwerp
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The ten volumes of the Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights focus on the most salient topics in the field of pragmatics, thus dividing its wide interdisciplinary spectrum in a transparent and manageable way. While the other volumes select specific philosophical, cognitive, grammatical, cultural, interactional, or discursive angles, this sixth volume focuses on the dynamic aspects of language and reviews the relevant developments in variationist and diachronic scholarship. The areas explored in the volume concern several general themes: specific methodological approaches, from comparative reconstruction to evolutionary pragmatics; issues in intra-lingual variation in terms of standard and non-standard varieties; cross-linguistic variation, including its cross-cultural dimension; and the study of diachronic relations across linguistic patterns, including changes in all areas of pragmatic patterns and categories. The contributions document two prominent and interrelated trends that shape contemporary variationist and diachronic research. One, it has moved from situating change within context-independent systems toward incorporating patterns of language use and the speaker’s role in language change. And two, it has reoriented its focus away from cataloguing instances of variation and toward seeking theoretically informed accounts that aim at explaining variation and change. On the whole, the volume argues for accepting and developing actively a systematic connection between research in diachrony, synchronic variation, and typology, while also incorporating the socio-cognitive perspective in linguistic analysis as a particularly promising source of useful methodology and explanatory models.
[Handbook of Pragmatics Highlights, 6]  2010.  x, 275 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: From instances of change to explanations of change
Mirjam Fried
1–16
Borrowing
Jeanine Treffers-Daller
17–35
Contact linguistics
Michael Meeuwis and Jan-Ola Östman
36–45
Creoles and creolization
Salikoko S. Mufwene
46–60
Dialect
Ronald K.S. Macaulay
61–72
Dialectology
Georges De Schutter
73–80
Evolutionary pragmatics
Wolfgang Wildgen
81–99
Historical linguistics
Louis Goossens
100–109
Historical pragmatics
Andreas H. Jucker
110–122
Implicature and language change
Kate Kearns
123–140
Interlanguage pragmatics
Gabriele Kasper
141–154
Jargon
Luisa Martín Rojo
155–170
Language change
Raymond Hickey
171–202
Language contact
Yaron Matras
203–214
Reconstruction
Derek Nurse
215–220
Register
Norbert Dittmar
221–233
Typology
Bernard Comrie
234–238
Variational pragmatics
Klaus P. Schneider
239–267
Index
268
“The volume has much to recommend it. [...] Contributions provide clear, useful overviews of relevant topics. As such, they could be used as additional reading materials for more advanced courses in, for example, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, historical linguistics or second language acquisition.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010036643