Definition of variationist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌverēˈāSH(ə)nəst/


A person who studies variations in usage among different speakers of the same language.
Example sentences
  • A problem for variationist research lies in identifying what ‘counts’ as syntactic variation.
  • Horvath is a variationist sociolinguist whose work on Australian English is internationally recognized for its comprehensiveness and methodological acuity.
  • Language variationists study how languages vary along geographical or social lines or along lines of age and gender.

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Syllabification: var·i·a·tion·ist

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