Current Approaches to Limits and Areas in Dialectology

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Defining the geographical space of linguistic variation and drawing the areal distribution of linguistic variants are classical issues in dialectology. Over recent decades, advances in geolinguistic methods, along with new trends in the study of linguistic variation, have significantly shaped new ways of approaching limits and areas in dialectology. This volume is at the crossroads of recent methodological and conceptual developments in dialectology and brings together contributions offering an unusual panorama of case studies from Basque, Romance, Germanic, Celtic, and Slavic languages. The seventeen chapters in this volume address a wide spectrum of issues exploring new approaches to the interplay of dialect areas and time and society (Part I), current quantitative methods of studying dialect limits (Part II), and linguistic geovariation focused on lexical, prosodic, syntactic or morphosyntactic topics (Part III). One of the unique features of the volume is the important collection of contributions addressing issues of dialect syntax, a recent and rapidly growing field of linguistic research.

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Ernestina Carrilho is Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the University of Lisbon, and Researcher at the Center for Linguistics of the University of Lisbon. Her main research work is in the areas of Romance dialectology and comparative syntax, with special focus on Portuguese dialect syntax. She is a member of the international geolinguistic projects Atlas Linguistique Roman and Atlas Linguarum Europae, and a co developer of the first syntactically annotated corpus of European Portuguese dialects. Catarina Magro is Invited Assistant Professor at the Lisbon College of Education and Researcher at the Center for Linguistics of the University of Lisbon. Over the last decade, she has been involved in several research projects on dialect syntax. She has conducted theoretical research on topics of European Portuguese syntax and co developed the first syntactically annotated corpus of European Portuguese dialects. Xose Alvarez is Researcher at the Center for Linguistics of the University of Lisbon and the Instituto da Lingua Galega (University of Santiago de Compostela). His main areas of work are multilingualism and Romance dialectology and lexicology. He is a member of various international research projects, such as the Atlas Linguistique Roman, the Dictionnaire Etymologique Roman and the Tesouro do Lexico Patrimonial Galego e Portugues.

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