Language Variation - European perspectives II: Selected papers from the 4th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 4), Nicos

Language Variation - European perspectives II: Selected papers from the 4th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 4), Nicos

By: Pavlos Pavlou (editor), Marilena Karyolemou (editor), Stavroula Tsiplakou (editor)Hardback

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This volume contains a selection of papers from the 4th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 4), which was held at the University of Cyprus from June 17th-19th 2007. The variety of theoretical frameworks and methodological perspectives (from Generative Grammar, Word Grammar, Government Phonology, Optimality Theory and Distributed Morphology to quantitative, Labovian and ethnographic approaches to variation and change, real and apparent time studies, phonetic analysis and metatheoretical papers on quantitative analysis), as well as the sheer number of linguistic varieties examined, attest both to the breadth and scope of the conference and to its status as a meeting-place for synchronic and diachronic linguistic description and theoretical exploration. One of the major themes running through the volume is the explicit concern with methodological refinement. Almost all the contributions address issues of methodology in various aspects of data collection and analysis, be they questionnaire surveys and interview data, spoken or written corpora, real- and apparent-time studies, dialect atlases and maps, statistical models or software. Alongside methodological issues, and especially with regard to the treatment of historical data, many of the papers in the volume explicitly address theoretical issues, for example the relative weighting of linguistic/systemic, cognitive and discourse factors in the exploration of language variation and change.


1. Introduction (by Tsiplakou, Stavroula); 2. Clefts in Cypriot Greek (by Agouraki, Yoryia); 3. Lexical change, discourse practices and the French press: Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose? (by Baider, Fabienne H.); 4. Arbitrary subjects of infinitival clauses in European and Brazilian Portuguese (by Cavalcante, Silvia Regina); 5. Modal verbs in long verb clusters: An innovation in Early Modern Dutch (by Coupe, Griet); 6. Changing pronominal gender in Dutch: Transmission or diffusion? (by De Vogelaer, Gunther); 7. Meaning variation and change in Greek morphology (by Drachman, Gaberell); 8. Syntactic variation in German-English code-mixing (by Eppler, Eva); 9. Sources of phonological variation in a large database for Dutch dialects (by Hinskens, Frans L.); 10. Broad vs. localistic dialectology, standard vs. dialect: The case of the Balkans and the drawing of linguistic boundaries (by Joseph, Brian D.); 11. Intonational variation in Swiss German (by Leemann, Adrian); 12. Morphological reduction in Aromanian (by Maglara, Maria); 13. Greek dialect variation: A co-grammar approach (by Malikouti-Drachman, Angeliki); 14. Using electronic corpora to study language variation: The problem of data sparsity (by Moisl, Hermann); 15. Language attitudes and folk perceptions towards linguistic variation (by Papapavlou, Andreas); 16. Salience and resilience in a set of Tyneside English shibboleths (by Rowe, Charley); 17. New approaches to describing phonological change: The realisation of Middle High German i in the Alemannic Dialects of Southwest Germany (by Schwarz, Christian); 18. Variation and grammaticisation: The emergence of an aspectual opposition (by Torres Cacoullos, Rena); 19. Towards establishing the matrix language in Russian-Estonian code-switching: A corpus-based approach (by Zabrodskaja, Anastassia); 20. Index

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  • Number Of Pages: 242
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