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The Coherence of Linguistic Communities
Orderly Heterogeneity and Social Meaning



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ISBN 9780367681821
March 15, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This innovative collection brings together a range of perspectives on the notions of "orderly heterogeneity" and "social meaning", shedding light on how structured variation and indexicalities of social meaning "cohere" within linguistic communities. This book fills a gap in research on language variation by critically considering the position articulated by Weinrich, Labov, and Herzog that linguistic diversity is systematically organized in ways that reflect and construct social order.

The volume investigates such key themes as

    • covariation and co-occurrence restrictions;
    • indexicality, perception and social meaning;
    • coherence and language change;
    • and the structure and measurement of coherence at different levels of analysis.

This collection advances our understanding of the coherence of linguistic communities through empirical investigations of larger and more diverse sets of variables, language varieties, speech styles and communities, as afforded by the development and advancement of new methods and models in sociolinguistic research. 

This book is of interest to scholars in sociolinguistics, language variation and change, and formal linguistics, as well as those interested in developments on research methods in linguistics.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The coherence of linguistic communities: Orderly heterogeneity and social meaning

Karen V. Beaman and Gregory R. Guy

 

PART 1. THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES IN THE STUDY OF COHERENCE

Chapter 1.1

False oppositions in the study of coherence

Devyani Sharma

Chapter 1.2

Coherence across social and temporal scales

Meredith Tamminga and Lacey Wade

Chapter 1.3

Indexicality and coherence

Gregory R. Guy, Livia Oushiro, and Ronald Beline Mendes

 

PART 2. METHODOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN THE STUDY OF COHERENCE

Chapter 2.1

What’s in a Lect? Coherence in Phonetic and Grammatical Variation

James A. Walker, Michol F. Hoffman, and Miriam Meyerhoff

Chapter 2.2

Measuring change in lectal coherence across real- and apparent-time

Karen V. Beaman and Konstantin Sering

 

Chapter 2.3

Looking for covariation in Heritage Italian in Toronto

Naomi Nagy and Timothy Gadanidis

Chapter 2.4

Measuring distance-based coherence

Benedikt Szmrecsanyi

 

PART 3: SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF COHERENCE

Chapter 3.1

How social salience can illuminate the outcomes of linguistic contact: Data from Spanish in Boston

Danny Erker

Chapter 3.2

Mapping social and sociophonetic changes: Gender in Auckland English

Evan Hazenberg

Chapter 3.3

Coherence and implicational hierarchies in the speech of the very old

Aria Adli

 

PART 4: PERCEPTUAL APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF COHERENCE

Chapter 4.1

Not anything goes: On implicational coherence and the penalty for being incoherent

Anne-Sophie Ghyselen and Stefan Grondelaers

Chapter 4.2

Coherent patterns in nonstandard inflection in modern colloquial Standard Dutch?

Hans Bennis and Frans Hinskens

Chapter 4.3

Coherence in a levelled variety: The case of Andalusian

Juan Villena-Ponsoda, Matilde Vida-Castro, and Álvaro Molina-García

 

PART 5. EFFECTS OF STANDARD LANGUAGE IDEOLOGIES ON COHERENCE

Chapter 5.1

Identifying language varieties: Coexisting standards in spoken Italian

Massimo Cerruti and Alessandro Vietti

 

Chapter 5.2

Language change in real-time: 40 years of lectal coherence in the Central Bavarian dialect-standard constellation of Austria

Philip Vergeiner, Dominik Wallner, and Lars Bülow

Chapter 5.3

Coherence and language contact: Orderly heterogeneity and social meaning in Namibian German

Heike Wiese, Antje Sauermann, and Yannic Bracke

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Biography

Karen V. Beaman is a post-doctoral researcher in sociolinguistics at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Her research interests concern language variation, coherence and change, with particular focus on how factors of identity, mobility and social networks drive or inhibit change.

Gregory R. Guy is Professor at New York University. His research focuses on social, geographic, and diachronic diversity in language, and the implications of linguistic variation for the construction of linguistic theory in varieties of English, Spanish, and Portuguese.