Social Differentiation of Language Structure

  • Manfred Bierwisch
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 43)


It is an empirical fact that in a speech community generally several varieties of language, or even different languages, are used. Furthermore, native speakers are very well aware of the difference between such varieties and of the effects these differences may have in communication. It is not at all obvious, however, how such varieties are to be delimited, how they function in producing the effects in question, and what the nature of these effects is. There are several branches of linguistic research dealing with one or another aspect of the indicated problems: dialectology, stylistics, and sociolinguistics are the more obvious ones.


Linguistic Theory Linguistic Expression Speech Community Linguistic Knowledge Linguistic Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred Bierwisch
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  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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