LINGUIST List 30.884
Fri Feb 22 2019
Sum: Summary of Pluricentricity vs. Pluri-areality
Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>
Stefan Dollinger <stefan.dollinger
Summary of Pluricentricity vs. Pluri-areality E-mail this message to a friend
Pursuant to my query posted in the summer of 2017 on the pluricentricity of language varieties (original post: https://linguistlist.org/issues/28/28-3400.html
), I can now follow up with an open-access summary of the problem as it relates to - but is not limited to - the Germanic languages: https://www.academia.edu/37714477/_Chapter_1_frontmatter_The_Pluricentricity_Debate_On_Austrian_German_and_other_Germanic_Standard_Varieties_forthc._in_March_April_2019
The accompanying book is currently In press, as in a short version of the argument which is forthcoming later this year or in early 2020 in the Journal of Linguistic Geography. An abstract can be seen here: https://www.academia.edu/38389481/Debunking_pluri-areality_on_the_pluricentric_perspective_of_national_varieties
As you can see from these texts, the term of ''pluri-areality'' (usually only use in German as ''pluriareal'') appears to be fully synonymous with the established low-level descriptive term ''geographical variation'', a term that allows no predictions and hypothesis testing. The point is made that ''pluri-areality'' can therefore not be used in lieu of the theoretical concept of pluricentricity, which allows all these tests. The question further arises what legitimacy ''pluri-areality'' may have over the term ''geographical variation''.
Thanks to all those who posted to the original query. I hope they will find the summary and assessment a useful spring board for their own work.
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
History of Linguistics
Philosophy of Language
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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