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Linguistic Universals and Language Variation
     

Linguistic Universals and Language Variation

by Peter Siemund
 

The volume explores the relationship between linguistic universals and language variation. Its contributions identify the recurrent patterns and principles behind the complex spectrum of observable variation. The volume bridges the gap between cross-linguistic variation, regional variation, diachronic variation, contact-induced variation as well as socially

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The volume explores the relationship between linguistic universals and language variation. Its contributions identify the recurrent patterns and principles behind the complex spectrum of observable variation. The volume bridges the gap between cross-linguistic variation, regional variation, diachronic variation, contact-induced variation as well as socially conditioned variation. Moreover, it addresses fundamental methodological and theoretical issues of variation research.

The volume brings together internationally renowned specialists of their fields while, at the same time, offering a platform for gifted and highly talented young researchers. The authors come from different theoretical backgrounds and through their work illustrate a rich array of scientific methods. All authors share a strong belief in empirically founded theoretical work.

The contributions span a high number of languages and dialects from many parts of the world. They are extremely broad in their empirical coverage addressing an impressive selection of grammatical domains.

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"The volume highlights ongoing research and its importance in drawing/exploring the relationship between linguistic universals and language variation, a timely topic with wide implications. [...] The book holds much promise in the shaping of future research methodologies and research goals."Anish Koshy in: Linguist List 23.1776

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110238051
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Series:
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] , #231
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.04(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Peter Siemund, University of Hamburg, Germany.

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