Variation and Change
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Introduction: From instances of change to explanations of changeMirjam Fried | pp. 1–16
BorrowingJeanine Treffers-Daller | pp. 17–35
Contact linguisticsMichael Meeuwis and Jan-Ola Östman | pp. 36–45
Creoles and creolizationSalikoko S. Mufwene | pp. 46–60
DialectRonald K.S. Macaulay | pp. 61–72
DialectologyGeorges De Schutter | pp. 73–80
Evolutionary pragmaticsWolfgang Wildgen | pp. 81–99
Historical linguisticsLouis Goossens | pp. 100–109
Historical pragmaticsAndreas H. Jucker | pp. 110–122
Implicature and language changeKate Kearns | pp. 123–140
Interlanguage pragmaticsGabriele Kasper | pp. 141–154
JargonLuisa Martín Rojo | pp. 155–170
Language changeRaymond Hickey | pp. 171–202
Language contactYaron Matras | pp. 203–214
ReconstructionDerek Nurse | pp. 215–220
RegisterNorbert Dittmar | pp. 221–233
TypologyBernard Comrie | pp. 234–238
Variational pragmaticsKlaus P. Schneider | pp. 239–267
Index | p. 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.”
Sharon Millar, University of Southern Denmark, in Pragmatics and Society Vol. 4:1 (2013)
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General