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Title: Dialectology meets Typology
Subtitle: Dialect Grammar from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective
Edited By: Bernd Kortmann
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 153

In what ways can dialectologists and language typologists profit from each others' work when looking across the fence? This is the guiding question of this volume, which involves follow-up questions such as: How can dialectologists profit from adopting the large body of insights in and hypotheses on language variation and language universals familiar from work in language typology, notably functional typology? Vice versa, what can typologists learn from the study of non-standard varieties? What are possible contributions of dialectol-ogy to areal typologies and the study of grammaticalization? What are important theoretical and methodological implications of this new type of collaboration in the study of language variation?

The 18 contributors, among them many distinguished dialectologists, sociolinguists and typologists, address these and other novel questions on the basis of analyses of the morphology and syntax of a broad range of dialects (Germanic, Romance, Balto-Slavic, Indo-Aryan).

From the contents:

Introduction Bernd Kortmann
Dialectology and typology - An integrative perspective Walter Bisang
Local markedness as a heuristic tool in dialectology: The case of amn't Lieselotte Anderwald
Non-standard evidence in syntactic typology - Methodological remarks on the use of dialect data vs spoken language data Peter Auer
The typology of motion and posture verbs: A variationist account Raphael Berthele
Dynamic typology and vernacular universals J.K. Chambers
Definite articles in Scandinavian: Competing grammaticalization processes in standard and non-standard varieties Östen Dahl
Person marking in Dutch dialects Gunther de Vogelaer
A typology of relative clauses in German dialects Jürg Fleischer
Do as a tense and aspect marker in varieties of English Bernd Kortmann
Typology, dialectology and the structure of complementation in Romani Yaron Matras
Problems for typology: Perfects and resultatives in spoken and non-standard English and Russian Jim Miller
Comparing grammatical variation phenomena in non-standard English and Low German dialects from a typological perspective Günter Rohdenburg
On three types of dialect variation, and their implications for linguistic theory. Evidence from verb clusters in Swiss German dialects Guido Seiler
Substrate, superstrate and universals? Perfect constructions in Irish English Peter Siemund
The impact of language contact and social structure on linguistic structure: Focus on the dialects of modern Greek Peter Trudgill
Jespersen's cycle and the interaction of predicate and quantifier negation in Flemish Johan van der Auwera and Annemie Neuckermans "Gendered" pronouns in English dialects - A typological perspective Susanne Wagner
Population linguistics on a micro-scale. Lessons to be learnt from Baltic and Slavic dialects in contact Björn Wiemer

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110179490
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 541
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