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date: 24 March 2019

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This chapter explores some of the ways in which cognitive linguists have interfaced with sociolinguistics in order to enrich and refine their analyses. It describes cognitive linguistic research on English and Dutch where the analysis benefits from taking a broader, social perspective than is usual for cognitive linguists. Furthermore, it discusses work on Lancashire dialect to illustrate some ways in which a cognitive perspective can be used to actually feed back into sociolinguistic theory and practice. The chapter also stresses the need for greater dialogue between construction grammarians and sociolinguistics in order to achieve a psychologically and socially plausible account of linguistic variation.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics, Construction Grammar, sociolinguistics, linguistic variation, frequency, schemas

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