Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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1. Introduction

The study of linguistic variation is based on two maxims:

Variation is an inherent characteristic of every living human language. This means that in every language there is more than one way of saying the same thing, and no individual speaks in exactly the same manner all the time and in all situations. In evolutionary terms, the very fact that variation in …

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Enam Al-Wer, “Variation”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0365>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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