Linguistic, Socio-Cultural and Cognitive Perspectives
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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