Change and Language: Papers from the Annual Meeting of the by Lynne Cameron

By Lynne Cameron

This quantity is a set of papers from the yearly assembly of the British organization for utilized Linguistics (BAAL) held on the collage of Leeds, September 1994. It investigates the connection among switch and language within the broadest experience.

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Tonkyn uses this opportunity to explore the suitability of a number of instruments in order to detect whether change takes place even in such a short period. The chapter by Turner and Hiraga concludes this section with a comparative study of the assumptions regarding appropriate behaviour in lecturer- Page vii student interaction in Japanese and British universities. Not surprisingly, perhaps, they discover that these assumptions reflect differing sociopragmatic principles. This finding is then related to the theme of the volume by raising the question as to how individuals who have to move from one academic context to another can be enabled to become aware of the differing sociopragmatic assumptions and so ensure that their behaviour continues to be contextually appropriate.

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It is not difficult to see that there are parallels in the history of language change, as structures shift form, overlap, gain some functions and lose others. In both systems, change is unpredictable and contingent: existing structures are the serviceable results of local, ad hoc changes that have achieved a manageable coherence, and notdespite popular misperceptionthe optimal products of a relentless upward momentum, through lower forms to a triumphant perfection. Further in this paper, I would like to look at ways in which language change and biological evolution share not only structural principles but also a common misfortune in the ways that they are misunderstood.

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