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Variation in Language and Language Use

Linguistic, Socio-Cultural and Cognitive Perspectives


Edited By Monika Reif, Justyna Robinson and Martin Pütz

This volume grew out of the 34th International LAUD Symposium, which was held in March 2010 at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Landau, Germany. The symposium was dedicated to the ongoing convergence between the disciplines of Cognitive Linguistics and Sociolinguistics, bringing together concepts and methods from both fields. The 15 studies contained in this volume explore the relations between linguistic (structural), socio-cultural and cognitive aspects involved in language variation. Methodologically, the contributions range from individual case studies to larger-scale corpus analyses and combine both qualitative and quantitative findings.


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Acknowledgements v Contents vii Introduction 1 Section I: Sociolinguistic variation: Usage-based perspectives Dialect contact in a Southern U.S. city: Testing Trudgill’s model 15 Robin Dodsworth & Mary Kohn Variation, use and language change: The case of middles 35 Casilda García de la Maza Pathways to multilingual acquisition in Veneto: A usage-based perspective of code choices in the input and output in a language contact situation 59 Anna Ghimenton Performing communicative style: Variation of usted/ustedes subjects and cognition in socio-situational interaction 73 María José Serrano & Miguel Ángel Aijón Oliva Certainty and uncertainty in spoken language: In search of epistemic sociolect and idiolect 97 Vaclav Brezina Section II: Socio-cognitive variation: Perceptions and attitudes On the dynamics of non-linguists’ dialect perceptions – the perceived spatiality of /s/ variation in Finnish 131 Johanna Vaattovaara A socio-cognitive approach to evaluative folk metalanguage: The aesthetic value of German and French varieties in Switzerland 161 Christina Cuonz Madam or aunty ji: Address forms in British and Indian English as a reflection of culture and cognition 187 Tatiana Larina & Neelakshi Suryanarayan An empirical taxonomy of linguistic identities 215 Holger Schmitt Comparing objective and subjective linguistic distances between European and Brazilian Portuguese 241 Augusto Soares da Silva Section III: Variation in cognitive structures: Categorisation, construal, schema and FIGURE-GROUND alignment Diglossia or dialect–standard continuum in speakers’ awareness and usage: On the categorisation of lectal variation in Austria 273 Irmtraud Kaiser & Andrea Ender “Estuary English”, or “Where does the notion of ‘variety’ start and end?” – A proposal for a...

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