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The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English

Ed. by Kortmann, Bernd / Lunkenheimer, Kerstin


339,00 € / $475.00 / £254.99*

Publication Date:
December 2012
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  • WAVE is unique in its coverage of variation in English: The number of grammatical features and the number of varieties covered exceeds those treated in any previous publication on the topic
  • The Atlas serves as an indispensable research tool for specialists in many different fields of linguistics, including pidgin and creole studies, dialectology, microsyntactic variation, language change, language typology, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, the study of World Englishes, and learner Englishes
  • The Atlas offers perspectivizing accounts of the 74 data sets as well as large-scale comparisons across the individual variety types and Anglophone world regions
  • Maps are complemented by extensive text chapters written by the major experts in the respective fields
  • Very attractive combination with the open access resource eWAVE: extensive supplementary materials are available at www.ewave-atlas.org
  • Complements the Handbook of Varieties of English

Aims and Scope

The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English (WAVE) presents grammatical variation in spontaneous spoken English, mapping 235 features in 48 varieties of English (traditional dialects, high-contact mother tongue Englishes, and indiginized second-language Englishes) and 26 English-based Pidgins and Creoles in eight Anglophone world regions (Africa, Asia, Australia, British Isles, the Caribbean, North America, the Pacific, and the South Atlantic). The analyses of the 74 varieties are based on descriptive materials, naturalistic corpus data, and native speaker knowledge.

Supplementary Information


28 x 21 cm
xxi, 946 pages
approx. 120 maps
Type of Publication:
Reference Work
English; Variation; Atlas

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Bernd Kortmann, Universität Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany; Kerstin Lunkenheimer, Universität Trier, Germany.

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