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    Regional pragmatic variation

    Placencia, Maria Elena (2011) Regional pragmatic variation. In: Andersen, G. and Aijmer, K. (eds.) Pragmatics of Society. Handbooks of Pragmatics 5. Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter, pp. 79-114.

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    It is a well-known fact that language use is influenced by a range of socio-cultural factors. These include situation-specific contextual factors such as the relationship between participants in an interaction, as well as factors relating to participants’ identities and their membership of different social and cultural groups. One of the largest of these groupings is the nation-state with which national varieties of languages and cultures are associated, although with immigration, globalization and technological developments in communication, there are more and more groupings that transcend national/geographical boundaries. Other groupings include sub-cultures linked to age, ethnicity, region, gender and social class, as well as to particular professions and organizations. Certain patterns of language use are associated with these and other groupings, or may even be constitutive (in part) of some of them. Language use and variation in language use can thus be examined in relation to a range of factors. This chapter focuses on the impact of region on language use, or regional pragmatic variation. It starts with a definition of regional pragmatic variation, followed by a consideration of the genesis and development of this area as well as the levels and domains in which regional pragmatic variation can be studied. Some findings from studies published primarily in English are provided for the purposes of illustration, and some trends in the study of regional pragmatic variation are sketched out. The chapter also considers some methodological issues in the study of regional pragmatic variation as well as some prospects for the future.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): variational pragmatics, regional pragmatic variation, macro-social factors, language varieties, American English, British English, English English, Irish English, New Zealand English, South African English, Argentinean Spanish, Chilean Spanish, Ecuadorian Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Peninsular Spanish, Peruvian Spanish, Uruguayan Spanish, US Spanish, Venezuelan Spanish, Austrian German, German German
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Maria Elena Placencia
    Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 12:59
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:31


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