Theoretical Approaches to Linguistic Variation

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The contributions of this book deal with the issue of language variation. They all share the assumption that within the language faculty the variation space is hierarchically constrained and that minimal changes in the set of property values defining each language give rise to diverse outputs within the same system. Nevertheless, the triggers for language variation can be different and located at various levels of the language faculty. The novelty of the volume lies in exploring different loci of language variation by including wide-ranging empirical perspectives that cover different levels of analysis (syntax, phonology and prosody) and deal with different kinds of data, mostly from Romance and Germanic languages, from dialects, idiolects, language acquisition, language attrition and creolization, analyzed from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives.
The volume is divided in three parts. The first part is dedicated to synchronic variation in phonology and syntax; the second part deals with diachronic variation and language change, and the third part investigates the role of contact, attrition and acquisition in giving rise to language change and language variation in bilingual settings.
This volume is a useful tool for linguistics of diverse theoretical persuasions working on theoretical and comparative linguistics and to anyone interested in language variation, language change, dialectology, language acquisition and typology.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 234]  2016.  vii, 376 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Triggers for language variation
Ermenegildo Bidese, Federica Cognola and Manuela Caterina Moroni
Part one: Synchronic variation in phonology and syntax
Germanic and Romance onset clusters – how to account for microvariation
Birgit Alber and Marta Meneguzzo
The use of gerunds and infinitives in perceptive constructions: The effects of a threefold parametric variation in some Romance varieties
Jan Casalicchio
Adverb and participle agreement: For a parameter hierarchy in Italo-Romance microvariation
Giuseppina Silvestri
Why a bed can be slept in but not under: Variation in V+P constructions
Andrea Padovan
Deriving idiolectal variation: English wh-raising
Lieven Danckaert, Tijs D'Hulster and Liliane Haegeman
On the variable nature of head final effects in German and English: An interface account
Roland Hinterhölzl
Part two: Diachronic variation in phonology and syntax
Variation and change in Italian phonology: On the mutual dependence of grammar and lexicon in Optimality Theory
Martin Krämer
Which clues for which V2: A contribution to the typology of V2 on the basis of Old Italian
Cecilia Poletto
Parameter typology from a diachronic perspective: The case of Conditional Inversion
Theresa Biberauer and Ian Roberts
Part three: On the relationship between language variation and language change in bilingual settings
Attrition at the interfaces in bilectal acquisition (Italian/Gallipolino)
Roberta Colonna Dahlman and Tanja Kupisch
Little v and cross-linguistic variation: Evidence from code switching and the Surinamese creoles
Tonjes Veenstra and Luis López
On language acquisition and language change: Is transmission failure favoured in multilingual heritage contexts?
Federica Cognola and Ermenegildo Bidese
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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