Reorganising Grammatical Variation

Diachronic studies in the retention, redistribution and refunctionalisation of linguistic variants

Antje Dammel | University of Münster
Matthias Eitelmann | University of Mainz
Mirjam Schmuck | University of Mainz
ISBN 9789027201645 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027263421 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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With most studies on grammatical variation concentrating on the synchronic level, a systematic investigation of long-term grammatical variation within the context of language change, i.e. from a predominantly diachronic perspective, has largely remained a desideratum. The present volume fills this research gap by bringing together nine empirically rich bottom-up case studies on morphological and morphosyntactic variation phenomena in standard and dialect varieties of Indo-European languages (Germanic, Romance, Greek). While variation has often been regarded as merely a transitory epiphenomenal symptom of change, the findings of this volume show that variation is a resilient feature of human language and answer the question what makes variation time-stable. Bridging the gap between corpus-based research on language variation and more theory-driven typological and functional approaches, the volume is of special interest for all researchers concerned with interface phenomena seeking to gain a broader understanding of the mechanisms of linguistic variation and change.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 203] 2018.  v, 302 pp.
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LAN009010: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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