The Dialect Laboratory
Dialects as a testing ground for theories of language change
Gunther De Vogelaer | University of Münster
Guido Seiler | University of Freiburg
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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Table of Contents
The dialect laboratory: Introductory remarksGunther De Vogelaer and Guido Seiler | pp. 1–32
The evolutionary-emergence model of language changeDouglas S. Bigham | pp. 33–52
Dialect data, lexical frequency and the usage-based approachLynn Clark | pp. 53–72
Dialect areas and linguistic change: Pronominal paradigms in Ibero-Romance dialects from a cross-linguistic and social typology perspectiveInés Fernández-Ordóñez | pp. 73–106
The role of implicational universals in language change: Evidence from Tunisian Arabic dialectsMaik Gibson | pp. 107–120
On the genesis of the German recipient passive – Two competing hypotheses in the light of current dialect dataAlexandra N. Lenz | pp. 121–138
Paths to tone in the Tamang branch of Tibeto-Burman (Nepal)Martine Mazaudon | pp. 139–178
Dialect choice in Fiji: A variationist approach to language change in the South PacificKaren Park | pp. 179–196
When diachrony meets synchrony.: Phonological change, phonological variation and Optimal ParadigmsClaudia Pons-Moll | pp. 197–226
Geolinguistic data and the past tense debate: Linguistic and extralinguistic aspects of Dutch verb regularizationRik Vosters | pp. 227–248
Tense and aspect systems of Western and Eastern dialects in Japan: Split paths of diachronic developmentKazuha Watanabe | pp. 249–270
The rise of DP-internal possessors: On the relationship of dialectal synchrony to diachronyHelmut Weiß | pp. 271–294
Index | pp. 295–298
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Main BIC Subject
CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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