By Dirk Geeraerts

Cognitive Sociolinguistics is a unique and burgeoning box of study which seeks to foster research into the socio-cognitive dimensions of language at a usage-based point. Advances in Cognitive Sociolinguistics brings jointly ten experiences into the social and conceptual facets of language-internal version. All ten contributions depend upon a company empirical foundation within the type of complex corpus-based options, experimental equipment and survey-based examine, or a mix of those. the hunt for tactics which can safely resolve the advanced and multivariate dimensions intervening within the interaction among conceptual which means and variationist elements is hence one other attribute of the quantity. by way of its descriptive scope, the amount covers 3 major parts: lexical and lexical-semantic edition, constructional edition, and study on lectal attitudes and acquisition. It hence illustrates how Cognitive Sociolinguistics reports either the adaptation of that means, and the that means of version.

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E. 8%. 8% in the 1970s suggests convergence between both varieties in relation to the FORWARD profile. Another profile-based uniformity measure consists of calculating uniformity within a single language variety. The internal uniformity reaches its highest value when all the speakers, in every circumstance, choose the same lexical item to denote a given concept. The internal uniformity value will decrease the more terms there are competing to denote the same concept, and the more dominant some of these terms become.

The quantitative methods used to measure convergence and divergence as well as other types of distances between EP and BP are uniformity (U) measures and featural (A) measures. Both were developed by Geeraerts, Grondelaers, and Speelman (1999). The U measure or “profile-based linguistic uniformity” (Geeraerts 2001; Speelman, Grondelaers, and Geeraerts 2003) is a basic measurement which involves the notions of (formal onomasiological) profile and uniformity. The onomasiological profile of a concept in a particular language variety is the set of alternative synonymous terms used to designate that concept in that language variety, together with their frequencies.

2) Does the convergent/divergent trend occur on both sides or mainly in one of them? (3) Is uniformity increasing or decreasing within each variety? Is internal uniformity greater in EP or BP? Uniformity calculations U and U’ were used to answer question (1) and (2). Convergence and divergence (question 1) are expressed through the increase and decrease of U/U’ values, respectively. The convergent or divergent evolution of one of the varieties towards the other (question 2) is expressed by greater changes of U/U’ values from a time period to another and by higher or lower values of U/U’ in different time periods rather than in a particular time period.

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