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Title: Variation
Authors: Regan, Vera
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Date: 2013
Abstract: Language is inherently variable; this applies whether we are talking about a speaker’s first, second or third language. Yet linguistics in the twentieth century tended to focus on the invariant and variation was considered to be a marginal issue. However, focus has increasingly been shifting to variation in linguistic studies. For instance, in a 2010 article in New Scientist, Kenneally says that Evans and Levinson (2009) “believe that languages do not share a common set of rules . . . their sheer variety is a defining feature of human communications . . . Language diversity is the ‘crucial fact for understanding the place of language in human cognition.’” Whether or not one agrees that all languages share a set of rules (Editors’ note, e.g. Universal Grammar; see Chapters 1, 2, this volume), it is increasingly accepted that variation is an important aspect of language.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright (published version): Cambridge University Press 2013
Keywords: LinguisticsLanguage diversityVariationist sociolinguisticsSLA
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Herschensohn, J. and Young-Scholten, M. (eds.). The Cambridge Handbook for Second Language Acquisition
ISBN: 978-1-107-00771-0
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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