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Abstract

g language as practice allows us to transcend the boundaries of subdisciplines that deal withmeaning and to integrate the social indexicality of variation into this larger system. This articlepresents the expression of social meaning as a continuum of decreasing reference and increasingperformativity, with sociolinguistic variation at the performative extreme. The meaning potentialof sociolinguistic variables in turn is based in their form and their social source, constituting acline of ‘interiority’ from variables that index public social facts about the speaker to more inter-nal, personal affective states.

Keywords

variation, social meaning, semantics, pragmatics, iconicity, indexicality, semiotics

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-0665
Print ISSN
0097-8507
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-18
Open Access
No
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