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Grammar between Norm and Variation

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Alexandra N. Lenz and Albrecht Plewnia

The articles collected in this volume offer the most various access to the discussed questions on norm and variation. In their entirety, they reflect the current discussion of the topic. Focusing on the object languages German and English ensures a high level of topical consistency. On the other hand, the four large topic areas (emergence and change of norms and grammatical constructions; relationship of codes of norms and ‘real’ language usage; competition of standard and non-standard language norms; and subsistent norms of minority languages and «institutionalised second-language varieties») cover a large range of relevant issues, thereby certainly giving an impetus to new and further investigations.

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Alexandra N. Lenz & Albrecht Plewnia: On Grammar between Norm and Variation .......................................................... 7 Markus Hundt: New norms – How new grammatical constructions emerge............................... 27 Beate Henn-Memmesheimer: Ephemera and Tradition-Founding Grammatical Constructions: Staging and Acceptance ...................................................................................... 59 Ulrich Busse & Anne Schröder: Problem areas of English grammar between usage, norm, and variation........... 87 Renata Szczepaniak: Während des Flug(e)s/des Ausflug(e)s? German Short and Long Genitive Endings between Norm and Variation .............................................................. 103 Stephan Elspaß: Regional Standard Variation in and out of Grammarian’s Focus..................... 127 Jürg Fleischer: Norm and variation in the relative order of accusative and dative personal pronouns in German: Evidence from corpora (18th–21st century) .................. 145 Christa Dürscheid & Nadio Giger: Variation in the case system of German – linguistic analysis and optimality theory ............................................................................................... 167 Petra Campe: Syntactic variation in German adnominal constructions: An application to the alternatives ‘genitive’, ‘apposition’ and ‘compound’............................. 193 Joybrato Mukherjee: Corpus-based Insights into Verb-complementational Innovations in Indian English: Cases of Nativised Semantico-structural Analogy ............................. 219 Reinhard Goltz: Norms and Variation in the Process of Modernizing and Vitalizing the Low German Regional Language ............................................................... 243 Claudia Maria Riehl: Norm and variation in language minority settings............................................ 275

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