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Quotatives: New Trends and Sociolinguistic Implications (Language in Society)by Isabelle Buchstaller
Synopses & Reviews
The system of speech and thought reporting of English, as well as a number of related and unrelated languages, has been the site of vast and rapid changes. This book gives an overview of the changes in the area of quotative strategies, with a particular focus on the diffusion of innovative variants and the systemic developments which result from the incursion of newcomer forms.
The volume considers the phenomenon “quotation” from a wealth of perspectives. It consolidates findings from different strands of research, combining formal and functional approaches for the definition of reported discourse and situating the phenomenon in a broader typological and sociolinguistic perspective. While the primary focus of the empirical research is on English, the book also investigates cross-linguistic similarities and differences within this linguistic domain. The volume examines the development of quotation, both from a pan-English perspective as well providing a historical overview over the competition of forms between the 1960s to the 2000s. Corpus-based research on innovative quotative forms is combined with an investigation into the ideologies attached to their users as well as regarding the linguistic acceptability of globalising linguistic forms.
Quotatives considers the phenomenon “quotation” from a wealth of perspectives. It consolidates findings from different strands of research, combining formal and functional approaches for the definition of reported discourse and situating the phenomenon in a broader typological and sociolinguistic perspective.
About the Author
Isabelle Buchstaller is professor for English at Leipzig University. Her research focuses on (morpho-) syntactic and discourse phenomena, including quotation, intensification and Northern English features, such as the Northern subject rule. Among her publications is Quotatives: Cross-linguistic and Cross-disciplinary Perspectives (2012, with Ingrid van Alphen), which investigates quotation cross-linguistically from a wealth of disciplines.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: What’s new about the new quotatives?
Chapter 2 You can quote me on that: Defining quotation
Chapter 3 Variation and change in the quotative system: The global versus the local
Chapter 4 Quotation across the generations: A short history of speech and thought reporting
Chapter 5 Ideologies and attitudes to newcomer quotatives
Chapter 6 Lessons learned from research on quotation
Appendix 1 Linear regression analysis investigating the conditioning factors on the quotative system in the US and the UK
Appendix 2 Alternative Cross-Tabulations
Appendix 3 Social Attitudes Survey
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