The relation of quantitative data on language use to the grammar of the language remains an important problem in linguistic theory; it has also been the subject of ambitious claims within sociolinguistics. The paper discusses the evolution of socio-linguistic analysis to encompass 'syntactic variation', the consequences of confining analysis to those contexts exhibiting 'variation', and the theoretical implications of such an approach. © 1985 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V.
García, E. C. (1985). Shifting variation. Lingua, 67(2–3), 189–224. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.448509