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Linguistic universals and language variation [electronic resource] / edited by Peter Siemund.

Contributor(s): Siemund, Peter, 1965-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Trends in linguisticsStudies and monographs: 231.Publisher: Berlin ; New York : De Gruyter Mouton, c2011Description: 1 online resource (viii, 472 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9783110238068; 3110238063; 1283399482; 9781283399487.Subject(s): Language and languages -- Variation | Linguistic universals | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Linguistic universals and language variation.DDC classification: 417 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Table of contents; List of contributors; Universals and variation: an introduction; Part 1 Varieties and cross-linguistic variation; Causal clauses: a cross-linguistic investigation of their structure, meaning, and use; Two euroversals in a global perspective: auxiliation and alignment; The diachronic development of article-possessor complementarity in the history of Italian and Portuguese; Variation as a window on universals; Part 2 Contact-induced variation; Gender and contact -- a Natural Morphology perspective on Scandinavian examples; Universals of structural borrowing.
Part 3 Methodological issues of variation researchVariation and reproducibility in linguistics; Parameters of morphosyntactic variation in World Englishes: prospects and limitations of searching for universals; Comparing varieties of English: problems and perspectives; Part 4 Variation and linguistic theory; Norwegian main clause declaratives: variation within and across grammars; Syntactic variation and change in Romance: a Minimalist approach; A localistic approach to universals and variation.
Lexicon, phonology and phonetics. Or: rule-based and usage-based approaches to phonological variationIndex.
Summary: The volume explores the relationship between linguistic universals and language variation. The contributions identify the recurrent patterns and principles behind the complex spectrum of observable variation. As a whole, the volume bridges the gap between cross-linguistic variation, regional variation, diachronic variation, contact-induced variation as well as socially conditioned variation. Fundamental methodological and theoretical issues of variation research are addressed.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents; List of contributors; Universals and variation: an introduction; Part 1 Varieties and cross-linguistic variation; Causal clauses: a cross-linguistic investigation of their structure, meaning, and use; Two euroversals in a global perspective: auxiliation and alignment; The diachronic development of article-possessor complementarity in the history of Italian and Portuguese; Variation as a window on universals; Part 2 Contact-induced variation; Gender and contact -- a Natural Morphology perspective on Scandinavian examples; Universals of structural borrowing.

Part 3 Methodological issues of variation researchVariation and reproducibility in linguistics; Parameters of morphosyntactic variation in World Englishes: prospects and limitations of searching for universals; Comparing varieties of English: problems and perspectives; Part 4 Variation and linguistic theory; Norwegian main clause declaratives: variation within and across grammars; Syntactic variation and change in Romance: a Minimalist approach; A localistic approach to universals and variation.

Lexicon, phonology and phonetics. Or: rule-based and usage-based approaches to phonological variationIndex.

The volume explores the relationship between linguistic universals and language variation. The contributions identify the recurrent patterns and principles behind the complex spectrum of observable variation. As a whole, the volume bridges the gap between cross-linguistic variation, regional variation, diachronic variation, contact-induced variation as well as socially conditioned variation. Fundamental methodological and theoretical issues of variation research are addressed.

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