Language Variation - European Perspectives IV: Selected by Peter Auer, Javier Caro Reina, Göz Kaufmann PDF

By Peter Auer, Javier Caro Reina, Göz Kaufmann

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The eighteen contributions during this quantity are in line with papers provided on the sixth overseas convention on Language version in Europe (ICLaVE 6), which was once held on the collage of Freiburg, Germany, from June 29 to July 1, 2011. the quantity contains plenaries through Sjef Barbiers (‘Where is syntactic variation?’) and Arnulf Deppermann/ Stefan Kleiner & Ralf Knöbl (‘Standard usage’: in the direction of a practical notion of spoken normal German). additionally, the editors have chosen sixteen papers ranging over a large box of languages/varieties and subject matters. The languages and kinds lined are Belarusian, British English, Catalan, Dutch, Gaelic, Gallo-Italic, Greek, Italian, Occitan, Rhaeto-Romance, Russian, Scottish English, Swedish, Turkish, and several other sorts of German. the vast majority of the papers care for phonetic and phonological version (Caro Reina; Deppermann, Kleiner and Knöbl; Katerbow; Moosmüller and Scheutz; Schützler; Schleef; West; Zeller; Ziegler), yet morphological version (Cornips and Hulk; Dal Negro), morphosyntactic version (Melissaropoulou, Themistocleous, Tsiplakou and Tsolakidis), and syntactic version (Barbiers; Håkansson; Rothmayr) also are represented. extra papers care for code-switching.

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Pollock. 2004. “On Wh-clitics, Wh-doubling in French and some North Eastern Italian dialects”. Probus 16: 241–227. Starke, M. 2009. “Nanosyntax: a short primer to a new approach to language”. Nordlyd 36:1. Vicente, L. 2007. The syntax of heads and phrases. A study of verb (phrase) fronting. D. ­dissertation Leiden. LOT Dissertations 154. Phonological variation in Catalan and Alemannic from a typological perspective* Javier Caro Reina University of Freiburg Typological research has been mainly based on standard written varieties.

For that purpose, the typology of syllable and word languages will be applied to Catalan and Alemannic dialects. The focus will lie on how traditional dialect classifications can be accounted for on the basis of this typology. 1. The typology of syllable and word languages The typology of syllable and word languages was introduced by Auer (1993, 1994, 2001) as a reaction against the so-called isochrony hypothesis. The isochrony hypothesis, as formulated in Pike (1945) and later in Abercrombie (1967), postulates that languages can be classified as “syllable-timed” or “stress-timed” according to their speech rhythm: In syllable-timed and word-timed languages, sequences of regular intervals of syllables and feet respectively occur in equal durations of time.

Put differently, the lower the position in the Accessibility Hierarchy, the higher the likelihood that a language has resumption for that position. Since a lower position in the hierarchy corresponds to greater processing complexity, we can also say that the likelihood of resumption increases with processing complexity. While processing complexity is a plausible explanation for this type of doubling, it does not explain cross-linguistic variation in this domain. It does not ­follow from processing why a resumption pattern like (27) is grammatical in Hebrew but not in English, and it also does not explain why different languages choose different cut off points on the Accessibility Hierarchy.

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