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Analyzing Variation in Languages - Ralph W. Fasold

Analyzing Variation in Languages

By: Ralph W. Fasold (Editor), Roger W. Shuy (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1973
ISBN: 9780878402076
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The topics of these papers represent the different perspective in which variation is approached. A number of them represent efforts to analysze and develop the theoretical framework poposed by William Labov and the variation theorists who have followed him. But while most the work in the framework has dealt with phonology and surface syntax, other scholars have begun to investigate variation at deeper syntactic levels, in semantics, and in the conventions of language use. Investigations of these types are also to be found in this collection, as well as studies of variation growing out of language-contact situations and of variation in the sign language used by the deaf. From the Editors' Preface This collection of different perspectives on language variation serves as a companion volume to New Ways of Analyzing Variation in English.

Variation Theory
Varied objections to various variable rulesp. 1
The necessity of variable rulesp. 11
The Bailey wave model: A dynamic quantitative paradigmp. 27
Use and applications of the Cedergren-Sankoff variable rule programp. 59
Variable constraints and rule relationsp. 70
Variation in Grammar
Some more on anymorep. 89
Some universals for quantifier scopep. 111
Variation in universal grammarp. 136
A 'markedness' hierarchy of quantified noun phrasesp. 149
Carrying the new wave into syntax: The case of Black English BINp. 162
Variation in Meaning and Use
Polysemy or monosemy: Discrete meanings or continuum?p. 184
Discordp. 203
Figurative language and the two-code hypothesisp. 220
Where do conditional expressions qualify?: Functional variability between logical and ordinary language conditionalsp. 228
Uniting three traditions: The classical study of grammatical-category-space, and lexical decomposition in generative semanticsp. 241
Variation in Languages in Contact
Synchronic languages and the problem of interlingual influencep. 269
Jenepher revisited: Adult language changep. 283
Variation in Sign Language
A good rule of thumb: Variable phonology in American sign languagep. 291
Variation in American sign language syntax: Agent-Beneficiary directionalityp. 303
Applications of Variation Studies
What is the study of variation useful for?p. 312
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ISBN: 9780878402076
ISBN-10: 0878402071
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 1973
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54