Types of Variation

Diachronic, dialectal and typological interfaces

| University of Helsinki
| University of Tampere
| University of Helsinki
ISBN 9789027230867 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027293596 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
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
Table of Contents
Part I: Typology and grammaticalization
‘Triangulation’ of diachrony, dialectology and typology: An overview
Terttu Nevalainen, Juhani Klemola and Mikko Laitinen
Bi-directional vs. uni-directional asymmetries in the encoding of semantic distinctions in free and bound person forms
Anna Siewierska and Dik Bakker
Part II: Diachrony and typology
Historical morphology from a typological point of view: Examples from English
Dieter Kastovsky
Typology and comparative linguistics: Jakobson revisited
Konstantin G. Krasukhin
Primary adjectives in English and German: Variation and change in diachrony and typology
Thomas Schöneborn
The concessive connective albeit : A diachronic corpus-based study
Elina Sorva
Possessives and determiners in Old English
Cynthia L. Allen
Analytic of the samyn or synthetic its? The use of neuter possessives in Older Scots texts
Joanna Bugaj
Expressing human indefiniteness in English: T239ypology and markedness of pronouns
Mikko Laitinen
Part III: Dialectology and typology
Dialect and typology: Where they meet — and where they don’t
Werner Abraham
Somerset relativizers revisited
Kirsti Peitsara
Resilient or yielding? Features of Irish English syntax and aspect in early Australia
Clemens Fritz
Part IV: Dialectology, typology and diachrony
Negative indefinites: A typological and diachronic perspective on a Brabantic construction
Johan van der Auwera, Ludovic De Cuypere and Annemie Neuckermans
The relatives who and what in northern East Anglia
Patricia Poussa
Vernacular universals? The case of plural was in Early Modern English
Terttu Nevalainen
“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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