Types of Variation: Diachronic, Dialectical and Typological Interfaces

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Terttu Nevalainen, Juhani Klemola, Mikko Laitinen
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 378 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Triangulation of diachrony dialectology and typology
3
Bidirectional vs unidirectional asymmetries in the encoding of semantic distinctions in free and bound person forms
21
II Diachrony and typology
51
Historical morphology from a typological point of view
53
Typology and comparative linguistics
81
Primary adjectives in English and German
99
The concessive connective albeit
121
Possessives and determiners in Old English
149
Somerset relativizers revisited
269
Resilient or yielding?
281
IV Dialectology typology and diachrony
303
Negative indefinites
305
The relatives who and what in northern East Anglia
321
Vernacular universals?
351
Index of languages
371
Index of authors
373

Analytic of the samyn or synthetic its?
171
Expressing human indefiniteness in English
203
III Dialectology and typology
241
Dialect and typology
243
Index of subjects
376
The series Studies in Language Companion Series
379
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