The Dialect Laboratory

Dialects as a testing ground for theories of language change

| University of Münster
| University of Freiburg
ISBN 9789027205957 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027273475 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Much theorizing in language change research is made without taking into account dialect data. Yet, dialects seem to be superior data to build a theory of linguistic change on, since dialects are relatively free of standardization and therefore more tolerant of variant competition in grammar. In addition, as compared to most cross-linguistic and diachronic data, dialect data are unusually high in resolution. This book shows that the study of dialect variation has indeed the potential, perhaps even the duty, to play a central role in the process of finding answers to fundamental questions of theoretical historical linguistics. It includes contributions which relate a clearly formulated theoretical question of historical linguistic interest with a well-defined, solid empirical base. The volume discusses phenomena from different domains of grammar (phonology, morphology and syntax) and a wide variety of languages and language varieties in the light of several current theoretical frameworks.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 128]  2012.  vi, 297 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
The dialect laboratory: Introductory remarks
Gunther De Vogelaer and Guido Seiler
The evolutionary-emergence model of language change
Douglas S. Bigham
Dialect data, lexical frequency and the usage-based approach
Lynn Clark
Dialect areas and linguistic change: Pronominal paradigms in Ibero-Romance dialects from a cross-linguistic and social typology perspective
Inés Fernández-Ordóñez
The role of implicational universals in language change: Evidence from Tunisian Arabic dialects
Maik Gibson
On the genesis of the German recipient passive – Two competing hypotheses in the light of current dialect data
Alexandra N. Lenz
Paths to tone in the Tamang branch of Tibeto-Burman (Nepal)
Martine Mazaudon
Dialect choice in Fiji: A variationist approach to language change in the South Pacific
Karen Park
When diachrony meets synchrony. Phonological change, phonological variation and Optimal Paradigms
Claudia Pons-Moll
Geolinguistic data and the past tense debate: Linguistic and extralinguistic aspects of Dutch verb regularization
Rik Vosters
Tense and aspect systems of Western and Eastern dialects in Japan: Split paths of diachronic development
Kazuha Watanabe
The rise of DP-internal possessors: On the relationship of dialectal synchrony to diachrony
Helmut Weiß
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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