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Methods XVII (METHODS 2022)

Mainz, Germany, 1-5 August 2022

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Acquiring Sociolinguistic Variation

Edited by Gunther De Vogelaer and Matthias Katerbow

The study of how linguistic variation is acquired is considered a nascent field in both psycho- and sociolinguistics. Within that research context, this book aims at two objectives. First, it wants to help bridging the gap between researchers working on acquisition from different theoretical backgrounds. The book... full description
September 2017. vi, 347 pp.
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Address Variation in Sociocultural Context

Region, power and distance in Italian service encounters

Agnese Bresin

This study looks at the sociocultural context of five Italian regions and at the situational context of restaurant encounters (a sub-type of service encounters) to examine address variation in spoken Italian—with a focus on singular address pronouns tu, voi and lei. It offers a thorough examination of distance and... full description
February 2021. xxi, 290 pp.
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Aspects of Latin American Spanish Dialectology

In honor of Terrell A. Morgan

Edited by Manuel Díaz-Campos and Sandro Sessarego

This book focuses on contemporary sociolinguistic approaches to Spanish dialectology. Each of the authors draws on key issues of contemporary sociolinguistics, combining theoretical approaches with empirical data collection. Overall, these chapters address topics concerning language variation and change, sound... full description
January 2021. vi, 292 pp.
SCL 100
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Corpora, Constructions, New Englishes

A constructional and variationist approach to verb patterning

Samantha Laporte

This book takes an integrated approach to the fields of Corpus Linguistics, Construction Grammar, and World Englishes through a thorough constructional and corpus-based examination of the patterning of the versatile high-frequency verb make in British English and New Englishes. It contributes to Construction Grammar... full description
July 2021. xxii, 395 pp.
SCL 103
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Corpus-based Approaches to Register Variation

Edited by Elena Seoane and Douglas Biber

As the first collective volume to focus exclusively on corpus-based approaches to register variation, this book provides an exhaustive account of the range and depth of possibilities that the domain of register variation in English has to offer. It illustrates register variation analysis in different theoretical... full description
December 2021. xi, 341 pp.
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Dynamic Variation in Second Language Acquisition

A language processing perspective

Bronwen Patricia Dyson

Dynamic Variation in Second Language Acquisition makes a cutting-edge contribution to knowledge about how second language learners develop their second language. Drawing comprehensively on Processability Theory’s theoretical understanding that individual variation dynamically interacts with ordered stages of language... full description
August 2021. xv, 274 pp.
Impact 51
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English Rock and Pop Performances

A sociolinguistic investigation of British and American language perceptions and attitudes

Lisa Jansen

This book addresses the phenomenon of non-American rock and pop singers emulating an Americanized singing style for performance purposes. By taking a novel approach to this pop cultural trend and drawing attention to the audience, British and American students’ perceptions of English rock and pop performances were... full description
March 2022. ix, 188 pp. + index
Impact 48
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Grammatical and Sociolinguistic Aspects of Ethiopian Languages

Edited by Derib Ado, Almaz Wasse Gelagay and Janne Bondi Johannessen †

The focus of this unique publication is on Ethiopian languages and linguistics. Not only major languages such as Amharic and Oromo receive attention, but also lesser studied ones like Sezo and Nuer are dealt with. The Gurage languages, that often present a descriptive and sociolinguistic puzzle to researchers, have... full description
April 2021. viii, 415 pp.
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Intermediate Language Varieties

Koinai and regional standards in Europe

Edited by Massimo Cerruti and Stavroula Tsiplakou

The papers in this volume address the interplay of factors underlying the formation of intermediate varieties in the ‘dialect-standard’ landscape of present-day Europe. Research is presented on varieties of several different languages (Norwegian, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek), on speech communities with... full description
June 2020. vi, 258 pp.
LA 251
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Italian Dialectology at the Interfaces

Edited by Silvio Cruschina, Adam Ledgeway and Eva-Maria Remberger

Recent years have seen a growing interest in linguistic phenomena whose formal manifestation and underlying licensing conditions represent the convergence of two or more areas of the grammar, an area of investigation particularly invigorated in recent generative research by developments such as phase theory (cf.... full description
February 2019. vi, 369 pp.
Impact 50
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Language Contact in the Territory of the Former Soviet Union

Edited by Diana Forker and Lenore A. Grenoble

The former Soviet Union (USSR) provides the ideal territory for studying language contact between one and the same dominant language (Russian) and a wide range of genealogically and typologically diverse languages with varying histories of language contact. This is the first book that bundles different case studies... full description
June 2021. vi, 386 pp.
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Language Variation - European Perspectives VII

Selected papers from the Ninth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 9), Malaga, June 2017

Edited by Juan-Andrés Villena-Ponsoda, Francisco Díaz Montesinos, Antonio Manuel Ávila-Muñoz and Matilde Vida-Castro

This volume contains a selection from papers presented at the 9th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 9), which was held at the University of Malaga (Spain), from June 6 to 9, 2017. The volume includes plenaries by Manuel Almeida (“Language hybridism: On the origin of interdialectal... full description
December 2019. ix, 248 pp.
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Language Variation – European Perspectives VIII

Selected papers from the Tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), Leeuwarden, June 2019

Edited by Hans Van de Velde, Nanna Haug Hilton and Remco Knooihuizen

This volume contains a selection of papers from the 10th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), which was organized by the Fryske Akademy and held in Leeuwarden/Ljouwert (the Netherlands) in June 2019. The editors have selected thirteen papers on a wide range of language varieties,... full description
June 2021. vi, 316 pp.
Impact 49
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Metroethnicity, Naming and Mocknolect

New horizons in Japanese sociolinguistics

John C. Maher

Language is a social space, an aesthetic, a form of play and communication, a geographical reference, a jouissance, a producer of numerous social and personal identities. This book takes up salient issues of sociolinguistics with a specific focus on Japan: language and gender (the married name controversy), language... full description
May 2021. xiii, 239 pp.
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The Middle Voice and Connected Constructions in Ibero-Romance

A variationist and dialectal account

Carlota de Benito Moreno

The reflexive constructions that are the focus of this book are the constructions broadly described with the term “middle”: i.e., those that can appear in all persons, and in which the reflexive marker (RM) cannot be understood as a full referential pronoun. One goal of this study is to provide a corpus-based typology... full description
August 2022. ix, 375 pp.
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Nominal and Pronominal Address in Jamaica and Trinidad

Variation and patterns

Matthias Klumm

This book examines the various patterns of nominal and pronominal address used in Jamaica and Trinidad, the two most populous islands of the English-speaking Caribbean. Given that the Anglo-Caribbean context has so far been largely neglected in address research, this study aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the... full description
September 2021. xiv, 246 pp.
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Processes of Change

Studies in Late Modern and Present-Day English

Edited by Sandra Jansen and Lucia Siebers

The present volume brings together leading scholars studying language change from a variety of sociolinguistic perspectives, complementing and enriching the existing literature by providing readers with a kaleidoscopic perspective of aspects of change in English from around 1700 until the present day. The volume... full description
August 2019. vii, 263 pp.
AHS 11
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Records of Real People

Linguistic variation in Middle English local documents

Edited by Merja Stenroos and Kjetil V. Thengs

English local documents – leases, wills, accounts, letters and the like – provide a unique resource for historical sociolinguistics. Abundant from the early fifteenth century, they represent the language and concerns of people from a wide range of social, institutional and geographical backgrounds. However, as... full description
December 2020. ix, 310 pp.
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Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Acquisition across the Lifespan

Edited by Anna Ghimenton, Aurélie Nardy and Jean-Pierre Chevrot

This volume provides a broad coverage of the intersection of sociolinguistic variation and language acquisition. Favoured by the current scientific context where interdisciplinarity is particularly encouraged, the chapters bring to light the complementarity between the social and cognitive approaches to language... full description
August 2021. vi, 319 pp.
AHS 13
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Sociolinguistic Variation in Old English

Records of communities and people

Olga Timofeeva

This is the first extensive study of Old English to utilise the insights and methodologies of sociolinguistics. Building on previous philological and historical work, it takes into account the sociology and social dialectology of Old English and offers a description of its speech communities informed by the theory of... full description
July 2022. xv, 204 pp.
Impact 45
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The Sociolinguistics of Place and Belonging

Perspectives from the margins

Edited by Leonie Cornips and Vincent A. de Rooij

This volume shows the relevance of the concepts of ‘place’ and ‘belonging’ for understanding the dynamics of identification through language. It also opens up a new terrain for sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological study, namely the margins. Rural, as well as urbanized areas that are seen as marginal or... full description
March 2018. vi, 291 pp.
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Syntactic Geolectal Variation

Traditional approaches, current challenges and new tools

Edited by Alba Cerrudo, Ángel J. Gallego and Francesc Roca Urgell

This volume brings together studies that combine both traditional and contemporary tools in the study of syntactic geolectal variation, with a special focus on a subset of Iberian varieties. There is an increasing body of research on syntactic micro-variation, but the interaction between dialectology (which makes use... full description
November 2021. vi, 385 pp.
Impact 47
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Talking about Food

The social and the global in eating communities

Edited by Sofia Rüdiger and Susanne Mühleisen

All humans eat and all humans speak – activities which in social life often, but not always, co-occur: We talk while eating and drinking with others, but food is also a prominent literal and metaphorical discursive topic which contributes to establishing communities and identities. This omnipresence of eating and... full description
June 2020. vi, 284 pp.
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Urban Matters

Current approaches in variationist sociolinguistics

Edited by Arne Ziegler, Stefanie Edler and Georg Oberdorfer

The city as a complex socio-cultural structure plays a central role, economically, administratively as well as culturally. Factors such as higher population density, a more expansive infrastructure, and larger social and cultural diversity compared to rural areas have a substantial impact on urban society and urban... full description
December 2021. x, 280 pp.
CoLL 59
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Variation Rolls the Dice

A worldwide collage in honour of Salikoko S. Mufwene

Edited by Enoch O. Aboh and Cécile B. Vigouroux

Variation Rolls the Dice: A worldwide collage in honour of Salikoko S. Mufwene aims to celebrate Mufwene’s ground-breaking contribution to linguistics in the past four decades. The title also encapsulates his approach to language as both systemic and socio-cultural practices, and the role of variation in determining... full description
October 2021. xiv, 330 pp.
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Variation in Second and Heritage Languages

Crosslinguistic perspectives

Edited by Robert Bayley, Dennis R. Preston and Xiaoshi Li

Variationist work in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) began in the mid 1970s and steadily progressed during the 1980s. Much of it was reviewed along with newer approaches in Bayley and Preston 1996 (B&P), heavily devoted to VARBRUL analyses that exposed the variability in developing interlanguages and placed... full description
July 2022. xx, 365 pp.
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Walking on the Grammaticalization Path of the Definite Article

Functional Main and Side Roads

Edited by Renata Szczepaniak and Johanna Flick

This volume focuses on the grammaticalization of the definite article in German. It contains eight empirically-based papers which examine individual stages of the grammaticalization path from its beginnings as a demonstrative to the definite article and beyond. Focusing on cognitive, pragmatic, semantic and syntactic... full description
April 2020. vi, 253 pp.
Impact 40
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The Written Questionnaire in Social Dialectology

History, theory, practice

Stefan Dollinger

Methods of linguistic data collection are among the most central aspects in empirical linguistics. While written questionnaires have only played a minor role in the field of social dialectology, the study of regional and social variation, the last decade has seen a methodological revival. This book is the first... full description
December 2015. xxvii, 397 pp.