LINGUIST List 26.3236

Thu Jul 09 2015

Books: Areal Distribution and Typological Diversity of Languages Spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia 2: Suihkonen

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Date: 30-Jun-2015
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Areal Distribution and Typological Diversity of Languages Spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia 2: Suihkonen
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Title: Areal Distribution and Typological Diversity of Languages Spoken
in Europe and North and Central Asia 2
Subtitle: Volume II: The Typological Diversity of Languages Spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia
Series Title: Languages of the World 48
Published: 2015
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom-shop.eu

Book URL: http://bit.ly/1HQqYkt

Author: Pirkko Suihkonen
Hardback: ISBN: 9783895861680 Pages: 366 Price: Europe EURO 177.00
Abstract:

The primary goal of this work is the description of areal distribution and typological diversity of languages spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia. The languages spoken in the area are described with the help of a sample database consisting of sample data from ninety seven languages spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia. The database which contains information on phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic levels is investigated with the help of statistical tools called Self-Organizing Maps and Sammon’s Maps. Typological distances of languages are presented with the help of distribution of combinations of linguistic categories of languages. In the statisti-cal analysis, typological distances of languages are a consequence of information available in linguistic variables. It is shown that information on typological distances of languages vary with respect to information on different linguistic levels. It is also shown that, although the languages which are close relatives are often grouped together, these relationships are re-organized, when the languages are investigated with respect to specific typological properties, such as phonological systems or word order.

Keywords: language typology, areal linguistics, languages spoken in Europe and North and Central Asia, Self-Organizing Maps, Sammon’s Maps, prox-imity and remoteness of languages with respect to each other.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng)

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