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ERIC Number: ED142043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Constants and Variables of English Kinship Semantics. Working Papers of the Language Behavior Research Laboratory, No. 45.
The purpose of this paper is to present systematically some facts regarding interdialectal constant and varying features of the semantics of English kinship terminology. The data present some problems for current views of grammar and of linguistic variation. Regarding the former, it is not clear what sort of "rule," what place in grammar, the representation of the factual generalizations is to be accorded. Regarding the implications of the facts of constancy and variation in English kinship semantics for the overall conception of the nature of linguistic variation, it is generally concluded that the variation observed in English kinship semantics seems to reflect more directly the structural possibilities inherent in the language than social or sociolinguistic factors. The further conclusion may be drawn that the closer to sound the greater the extent of social determination of linguistic variation. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.