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Linguistic variation and change

Author: Scott F Kiesling
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
Series: Edinburgh sociolinguistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The study of variation and change is at the heart of the sociolinguistics. Providing a wide survey of the field, this textbook is organised around three constraints on variation: linguistic structure, social structure and identity, and social and linguistic perception. By considering both structure and meaning, Scott F. Kiesling examines the most important issues surrounding variation theory, including canonical  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott F Kiesling
ISBN: 9780748637614 0748637613 9780748637621 0748637621
OCLC Number: 863583000
Description: xi, 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Questions and method --
Questions about language and variation, and where we got them --
The linguistic variable --
Discovering and describing patterns of variation and change --
pt. 2. Variation and social relationships --
Social patterns I : interspeaker variation --
Social patterns II : intraspeaker variation --
Meaning and social patterns --
Acquisition of variation --
pt. 3. Variation, change, and linguistic structure --
Structural patterns I : phonology and morphology --
Structural patterns II : syntax, lexical variables, and surpasegmentals --
pt. 4. Conclusions --
The life and times of linguistic changes.
Series Title: Edinburgh sociolinguistics.
Responsibility: Scott F. Kiesling.

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