Concepts and methods for integrating language typology and sociolinguistics

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Di Garbo , F , Kashima , E , Napoleão de Souza , R & Sinnemäki , K 2021 , Concepts and methods for integrating language typology and sociolinguistics . in S Ballarè & G Inglese (eds) , Tipologia e Sociolinguistica : Verso un approccio integrato allo studio della variazione: Atti del Workshop della Società Linguistica Italiana 20 settembre 2020 . nuova serie , vol. 5 , Officinaventuno , Milano , pp. 143-176 , Societas Linguistica Europaea , 26/08/2020 . https://doi.org/10.17469/O2105SLI000005

Title: Concepts and methods for integrating language typology and sociolinguistics
Author: Di Garbo, Francesca; Kashima, Eri; Napoleão de Souza, Ricardo; Sinnemäki, Kaius
Other contributor: Ballarè, Silvia
Inglese, Guglielmo
Contributor organization: Department of Languages
General Linguistics
GramAdapt
Publisher: Officinaventuno
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 34
Belongs to series: Tipologia e Sociolinguistica
Belongs to series: nuova serie
ISBN: 978-88-97657-47-7
978-88-97657-48-4
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17469/O2105SLI000005
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334697
Abstract: This paper presents the building blocks of a comprehensive framework for the typological study of linguistic adaptation, i.e. how languages change in relation to the socio-historical and environmental contexts in which they are used. We showcase a battery of concepts and methods that are geared towards systematically comparing sociolinguistic environments and linguistic structures through the study of communities in social contact. We show that these concepts and methods can be used to investigate sociolinguistic correlates of linguistic diversity and language change in at least three ways: (1) to unravel causal factors related to language change, (2) to create datasets simultaneously addressing selection of communities, sociolinguistic features, and linguistic features, and (3) to formulate generalizations from empirically-grounded cross-cultural and cross-linguistic comparisons.This paper presents the building blocks of a comprehensive framework for the typological study of linguistic adaptation, i.e. how languages change in relation to the socio-historical and environmental contexts in which they are used. We showcase a battery of concepts and methods that are geared towards systematically comparing sociolinguistic environments and linguistic structures through the study of communities in social contact. We show that these concepts and methods can be used to investigate sociolinguistic correlates of linguistic diversity and language change in at least three ways: (1) to unravel causal factors related to language change, (2) to create datasets simultaneously addressing selection of communities, sociolinguistic features, and linguistic features, and (3) to formulate generalizations from empirically-grounded cross-cultural and cross-linguistic comparisons.
Subject: 6121 Languages
linguistic adaptation
language contact
language change
typology
comparative sociolinguistics
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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