Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics

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Dirk Geeraerts, Gitte Kristiansen, Yves Peirsman
Walter de Gruyter, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 321 pages

Cognitive Sociolinguistics is a novel and burgeoning field of research which seeks to foster investigation into the socio-cognitive dimensions of language at a usage-based level. Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics brings together ten studies into the social and conceptual aspects of language-internal variation. All ten contributions rely on a firm empirical basis in the form of advanced corpus-based techniques, experimental methods and survey-based research, or a combination of these. The search for methods that may adequately unravel the complex and multivariate dimensions intervening in the interplay between conceptual meaning and variationist factors is thus another characteristic of the volume. In terms of its descriptive scope, the volume covers three main areas: lexical and lexical-semantic variation, constructional variation, and research on lectal attitudes and acquisition. It thus illustrates how Cognitive Sociolinguistics studies both the variation of meaning, and the meaning of variation.


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Introduction Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics
Lexical and lexicalsemantic variation
Constructional variation
Variation of lectal awareness and attitudes

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Dirk Geeraerts, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Gitte Kristiansen, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; Yves Peirsman, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

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