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Dialect typology: recent advances


Röthlisberger, Melanie; Szmrecsanyi, Benedikt (2019). Dialect typology: recent advances. In: Brunn, Stanley; Kehrein, Roland. Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. Cham: Springer, 1-26.

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of recent innovative approaches that focus on the distributional patterns of linguistic phenomena in dialects across different languages. We set the stage by discussing a number of geographical factors that are assumed in the literature to have a bearing on the structural make-up of different languages and dialects such as world region, altitude, contact with speakers of other languages or dialects, etc. We then move on to sketch the extent to which dialects of a language exhibit common features (e.g., “vernacular universals” à la Chambers 2004) and identify structural dichotomies and continua that are regularly invoked when it comes to explaining the structural diversity of languages, namely, analyticity versus syntheticity, explicitness versus economy, complexity versus simplicity, and innovativeness versus conservativeness, all within the context of geographic space.

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of recent innovative approaches that focus on the distributional patterns of linguistic phenomena in dialects across different languages. We set the stage by discussing a number of geographical factors that are assumed in the literature to have a bearing on the structural make-up of different languages and dialects such as world region, altitude, contact with speakers of other languages or dialects, etc. We then move on to sketch the extent to which dialects of a language exhibit common features (e.g., “vernacular universals” à la Chambers 2004) and identify structural dichotomies and continua that are regularly invoked when it comes to explaining the structural diversity of languages, namely, analyticity versus syntheticity, explicitness versus economy, complexity versus simplicity, and innovativeness versus conservativeness, all within the context of geographic space.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Language
410 Linguistics
420 English & Old English languages
820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:variation, dialectology, sociolinguistic typology, vernacular features, areality
Language:English
Date:28 January 2019
Deposited On:20 Jan 2020 14:13
Last Modified:20 Jan 2020 14:13
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:978-3-319-73400-2
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73400-2_133-1
Related URLs:https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-73400-2_133-1 (Publisher)
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  • : Grant IDG.0C59.13N
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