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Kortmann, B. (Hrsg.), Dialectology meets typology : dialect grammar from a cross-linguistic perspective; Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, 2004

  • In previous research, the methodology of typological investigations into languages was based on the analysis of standard languages (or rather standardised written languages). Prof. Kortmann's collection of essays broadens this methodological scope by directing the scholars' typological interest to the traditional dialects, most of them transmitted orally only. Undoubtedly, there is a great potential in this effort. Most of the contributions in this volume, however, show, that the attempt to unify or perhaps rather to accommodate the methodologies of typological research and traditional dialectology needs to be further harmonised in future research in order to bear sound generalisable insights to the rich data available.

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Author:Hildegard L. C. Tristram
Subtitle (English):Dialectology meets typology : dialect grammar from a cross-linguistic perspective
Document Type:Review
Year of first Publication:2005
Year of Completion:2005
Release Date:2017/03/24
Source:Studies in Language. - 29 (2005), 2, S. 537 - 542
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Peer Review:Referiert