The Dialect Laboratory

Dialects as a testing ground for theories of language change

Gunther De Vogelaer | University of Münster
Guido Seiler | University of Freiburg
ISBN 9789027205957 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027273475 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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
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CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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