Edited By Markus Bieswanger and Amei Koll-Stobbe
Amei Koll-Stobbe: Series editor’s introduction
Series editor’s introduction Amei Koll-Stobbe The fourth volume in the series Language Competence and Language Aware- ness in Europe is the first of four volumes that connect linguistic topics and re- search methodologies to international theoretical and methodological sociolin- guistic frameworks such as contact linguistics, corpus linguistics, linguistic landscape studies and cognitive sociolinguistics. It is the integrative presentation of thematic breadth and pluralistic research methodologies that inspired the title New Approaches to the Study of Linguistic Variability. The volume grew out of a nucleus of papers presented at a North German Linguistics Workshop (NLK 2009) organized by the editor, with Markus Bieswanger as a keynote speaker. We decided to publish a selection of papers stemming from doctoral theses and postgraduate studies with a focus on linguistic variability in German, and areal as well as social varieties of English from multidimensional perspectives: variability in different domains of language use and with varying patterns of visibility (Burmeister on English-Celtic death notices, Kiesendahl on pragmatic aspects of variability), variability as conceptu- al cum linguistic variability (Dolberg on aspects of linguistic memory, Rossow on conceptions of “old”), and the study of variability in a mainstream linguistic research framework (a corpus-linguistic study of discourse markers by Schweinberger). Both editors of the volume functioned as reviewers for the papers accepted for the current volume. Most papers were thoroughly revised, and had to be re- framed into English, which in some cases was time consuming. Around the nu- clear workshop papers evolved further contributions by young linguists,...
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