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Quotatives: New Trends and Sociolinguistic Implications (Language in Society)

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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.

Synopsis:

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.
  • Provides an interface between sociolinguistic research and other linguistic disciplines, in particular discourse analysis, typology, construction grammar but also more formal approaches
  • Incorporates innovative methodology that draws on discourse analytic, typological and sociolinguistic approaches
  • Investigates the system both in its diachronic development as well as via cross-variety comparisons
  • Presents careful definition of the envelope of variation and considers alternative definitions of the phenomenon “quotation”
  • Empirical findings are reported from distribution and perception data, which allows comparing and contrasting perception and reality

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

Acknowledgments

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470657188
Subtitle:
New Trends and Sociolinguistic Implications
Author:
Buchstaller, Isabelle
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Language in Society
Publication Date:
20131204
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
200 x 200 x 5 mm 35.2 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » Sociolinguistics
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Reference » Words Phrases and Language
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
  • Provides an interface between sociolinguistic research and other linguistic disciplines, in particular discourse analysis, typology, construction grammar but also more formal approaches
  • Incorporates innovative methodology that draws on discourse analytic, typological and sociolinguistic approaches
  • Investigates the system both in its diachronic development as well as via cross-variety comparisons
  • Presents careful definition of the envelope of variation and considers alternative definitions of the phenomenon “quotation”
  • Empirical findings are reported from distribution and perception data, which allows comparing and contrasting perception and reality
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