Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details

Language and Space...

Multi-volumed work

Language and Space

An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation

Ed. by Schmidt, Jürgen Erich

Volume 1

Theories and Methods

Ed. by Auer, Peter / Schmidt, Jürgen Erich

Series:Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft / Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK) 30/1


    450,00 € / $520.00 / £409.00*

    eBook (PDF)
    Publication Date:
    December 2009
    Copyright year:
    See all formats and pricing


    Aims and Scope

    The dimensions of time and space fundamentally cause and shape the variability of all human language. To reduce investigation of this insight to manageable proportions, researchers have traditionally concentrated on the “deepest” dialects. But it is increasingly apparent that, although most people still speak with a distinct regional coloring, the new mobility of speakers in recently industrialized and postindustrial societies and the efflorescence of communication technologies cannot be ignored. This has given rise to a reconsideration of the relationship between geographical place and cultural space, and the fundamental link between language and a spatially bounded territory.

    Language and Space: An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation seeks to take full account of these developments in a comprehensive, theoretically rich way. The introductory volume examines the concept of space and linguistic approaches to it, the structure and dynamics of language spaces, and relevant research methods. A second volume offers the first thorough exploration of the interplay between linguistic investigation and cartography, and subsequent volumes uniformly document the state of research into the spatial dimension of particular language groupings.

    Key features:

    • comprehensive coverage of the field in terms of theory and methods
    • the unique volume stands alone, since it neither is a handbook of dialectology or of areal linguistics, nor a handbook on language variation alone
    • gathers together a great number of distinguished scholars and experts in the field

    Supplementary Information


    xvi, 889 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Reference Work
    Dialectology; Sociolinguistics; Language Change

    MARC record

    MARC record for eBook

    request permissions

    More ...

    Peter Auer, University of Freiburg, Germany; Jürgen Erich Schmidt, University of Marburg, Germany.


    "In sum, this volume offers a comprehensive assessment of language and space research. It casts a wide net in tracing the historical development of
    scholarship in this area and in portraying the current state of the art. As a result, a picture emerges of an exciting body of work that explores an expanding range of questions relevant to linguists of various stripes."
    Matthew J. Gordon in: Linguist List 22.2882

    More by Schmidt, Jürgen Erich:

    Comments (0)

    Please log in or register to comment.
    Log in