Types of Variation

Diachronic, dialectal and typological interfaces

ORCID logoTerttu Nevalainen | University of Helsinki
Juhani Klemola | University of Tampere
ORCID logoMikko Laitinen | University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027230867 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027293596 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
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This volume interfaces three fields of linguistics rarely discussed in the same context. Its underlying theme is linguistic variation, and the ways in which historical linguists and dialectologists may learn from insights offered by typology, and vice versa. The aim of the contributions is to raise the awareness of these linguistic subdisciplines of each other and to encourage their cross-fertilization to their mutual benefit.

If linguistic typology is to unify the study of all types of linguistic variation, this variation, both diatopic and diachronic, will enrich typological research itself. With the aim of capturing the relevant dimensions of variation, the studies in this volume make use of new methodologies, including electronic corpora and databases, which enable cross- and intralinguistic comparisons dialectally and across time. Based on original research and unified by an innovative theme, the volume will be of interest to both students and teachers of linguistics and Germanic languages.

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 76] 2006.  viii, 378 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Much as in social science overall, compartmentalization in linguistics is increasingly giving way to integrated, interdisciplinary approaches. The current volume nicely illustrates what such an approach may mean for the study of language variation, be it historical, cross-linguistic, or regional. In particular, this approach does away with the myth of linguistic homogeneity, which has conveniently shielded generations of langue- or competence-oriented linguists from the intricacies of linguistic reality. Inspired by the significant advances we have seen in language typology, sociolinguistics, dialectology (especially in the domain of dialect syntax), historical linguistics (in particular, grammaticalization research), and corpus linguistics, the current volume seeks to explore the interfaces between three of these subdisciplines dealing with variation within and across languages by pulling together their core findings to their mutual benefit. The volume editors are to be commended for having pursued this exciting new line of linguistic research and for having compiled a volume which is no doubt soon going to be recognized as a milestone publication for the ­ still nascent ­ integrated, or dynamic, approach to the study of language variation.”
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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