1st Edition

Advancing Socio-grammatical Variation and Change In Honour of Jenny Cheshire

    446 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    446 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This groundbreaking collection showcases Jenny Cheshire’s influential work in bringing greater attention to quantitative analysis of socio-grammatical variation and builds upon her contributions with new lines of inquiry pushing sociolinguistic research forward. Featuring contributions from leading experts in the field, the volume is structured in six parts with a particular focus on syntactic, morpho-syntactic, and discourse-pragmatic variation and change, each section turning a lens on a different aspect of socio-grammatical variation. The first sections of the volume focus on the role of structure, its relevance for sociolinguistic production and perception and the impact of social structure on formal structure. Two sections look at the interface of variationist research with other aspects of linguistic research, including generative syntax and discourse-pragmatic features. The final sections consider the importance of integrating broader external factors in socio-grammatical variation, exploring the impact of interactional pressures in the sociolinguistic environment and the role of multi-ethnic contact varieties. Taken together, this volume demonstrates the critical role of socio-grammatical variation in our understanding of language change as a holistic process. 


    Peter Trudgill


    Socio-grammatical variation and change: Theoretical and methodological implications

    Karen V. Beaman, Isabelle Buchstaller, Sue Fox, and James A. Walker


    Chapter 1.1

    Historical and ideological dimensions of grammatical variation and change

    Lesley Milroy

    Chapter 1.2

    Towards an integrated model of perception: Linguistic architecture and the dynamics of sociolinguistic cognition

    Erez Levon, Isabelle Buchstaller and Adam Mearns

    Chapter 1.3

    Migration, class, and prestige in grammatical change in London

    Devyani Sharma

    Chapter 1.4

    The role of syntax in the study of sociolinguistic meaning: Evidence from an analysis of right dislocation

    Emma Moore

    Section 2: Combining the Social AND THE GRAMMATICAL

    Chapter 2.1

    What happened to those relatives from East Anglia?: a multilocality analysis of dialect levelling in the relative marker system

    David Britain

    Chapter 2.2

    Relativiser selection in a super-diverse city

    Miriam Meyerhoff, Alexandra Birchfield, Elaine Ballard, Catherine Watson and Helen Charters

    Chapter 2.3

    Swabian relatives: variation in the use of the wo-relativiser

    Karen V. Beaman

    Chapter 2.4

    Modeling Socio-Grammatical Variation: Plural Existentials in Toronto English

    James A. Walker

    Section 3: Formal Approaches to Syntactic Variation

    Chapter 3.1

    A sociogrammatical analysis of linguistic gaps and transitional forms

    Sjef Barbiers

    Chapter 3.2

    Variation and Change in the Particle Verb Alternation Across English Dialects

    Bill Haddican, Daniel Johnson, Joel Wallenberg and Anders Holmberg

    Chapter 3.3

    Explaining Variability in Negative Concord: A Socio-syntactic Analysis

    David Adger and Jennifer Smith


    Chapter 4.1

    Tracing the origins of an urban youth vernacular: founder effects, frequency and culture in the emergence of Multicultural London English

    Paul Kerswill and Eivind Torgersen

    Chapter 4.2

    Syntactic variation in prepositional phrases of Cité-Duits, a miners’ multi-ethnolect (and other varieties of Dutch and German)

    Peter Auer and Leonie Cornips

    Chapter 4.3

    When Contact Does Not Matter: The Robust Nature of Vernacular Universals

    Daniel Schreier

    Chapter 4.4

    From Killycomain to Melbourne: Historical Contact and the Feature Pool

    Karen P. Corrigan

    Section 5: Discourse and Pragmatic Variation

    Chapter 5.1

    That beyond convention: The interface of syntax, social structure and discourse

    Sali A. Tagliamonte and Alexandra D’Arcy

    Chapter 5.2

    Sociolinguistic variation in the marking of new information: The case of indefinite this

    Stephen Levey, Carmen Klein and Yasmine Abou Taha

    Chapter 5.3

    Tagging monologic narratives of personal experience: utterance-final tags and the construction of adolescent masculinity

    Heike Pichler



    Karen V. Beaman is a postdoctoral researcher at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.

    Isabelle Buchstaller is professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

    Sue Fox is senior lecturer at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

    James A. Walker is professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne.