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New Approaches to the Study of Linguistic Variability

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Edited By Markus Bieswanger and Amei Koll-Stobbe

The fourth volume in the series Language Competence and Language Awareness in Europe features contributions from various philologies in the young but rapidly growing research area of linguistic variability. The book grew out of a nucleus of papers presented at a North German Linguistics Workshop organised by the chair of English Linguistics, and developed into a collection of doctoral and post-doctoral research papers on variability in different domains of language use, variability as conceptual cum linguistic variability, and variability as studied in the mainstream research framework of corpus linguistics. 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 focuses on sociolinguistic studies of language use as social practice and variability of authentic language use.

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Markus Bieswanger is professor of English Linguistics at the University of Bayreuth, Ger- many. His current research interests include sociolinguistics and varieties of English, the lin- guistic and pragmatic analysis of electronically-mediated communication, contact linguistics, applied linguistics, and variational pragmatics. Melanie Burmeister is a lecturer and researcher in linguistics at the Department of English and American Studies at Greifswald University, Germany and has been a visiting scholar at Lancaster University, UK. Her forthcoming dissertation addresses the changing roles of Welsh in public spaces of urban Wales. Her research focusses on the forms and functions of minority languages in the United Kingdom and on sociolinguistics in general. Florian Dolberg is a research assistant at the Department of English Linguistics at Mainz University as well as a PhD-student at Hamburg University, where he was a research assis- tant until 2012. With a strong focus on functional approaches and quantitative techniques, his PhD-project addresses the change and loss of gender in Old- and Middle English. In the past his research focused on compounding and linguistic memory. Jana Kiesendahl is a lecturer and researcher in linguistics at the Department of German at Greifswald University, Germany. Her dissertation submitted in 2010 focuses on apologies and excuses in academic e-mail communication. Her current research addresses diverging dis- courses on language maintenance and culture in school textbooks from Western Germany and the former GDR. Lillian Kaviti is a lecturer in Linguistics and Communication Skills at the University of Nai- robi, Kenya and an advisor in communications strategies...

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