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The Handbook of Dialectology

Charles Boberg (Editor), John Nerbonne (Editor), Dominic Watt (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-82755-0
616 pages
January 2018, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Dialectology provides an authoritative, up-to-date and unusually broad account of the study of dialect, in one volume. Each chapter reviews essential research, and offers a critical discussion of the past, present and future development of the area.
  • The volume is based on state-of-the-art research in dialectology around the world, providing the most current work available with an unusually broad scope of topics
  • Provides a practical guide to the many methodological and statistical issues surrounding the collection and analysis of dialect data
  • Offers summaries of dialect variation in the world’s most widely spoken and commonly studied languages, including several non-European languages that have traditionally received less attention in general discussions of dialectology
  • Reviews the intellectual development of the field, including its main theoretical schools of thought and research traditions, both academic and applied
  • The editors are well known and highly respected, with a deep knowledge of this vast field of inquiry
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction

Section 1: Theory (section editor: Dominic Watt)

Section Introduction
Dominic Watt

1. Dialectology, Philology and Historical Linguistics
Raymond Hickey

2. The Dialect Dictionary
Jacques Van Keymeulen

3. Linguistic Atlases
William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.

4. Structural Dialectology
Matthew J. Gordon

5. Dialectology and formal linguistic theory: The blind man and the lame
Frans Hinskens

6. Sociodialectology
Tore Kristiansen

7. Dialectometry
Hans Goebl

8. Dialect Contact and New Dialect Formation
David Britain

9. Dialect Change in Europe - Leveling and Convergence
Peter Auer

10. Perceptual Dialectology
Dennis R. Preston

11. Dialect Intelligibility
Charlotte Gooskens

12. Applied Dialectology: Dialect Coaching, Dialect Reduction and Forensic Phonetics
Dominic Watt

Section 2: Method (section editor: John Nerbonne)

Section Introduction
John Nerbonne

13. Dialect Sampling Methods
Ronald Macaulay

14. The Dialect Questionnaire
Carmen Llamas

15. Written Dialect Surveys
J. K. Chambers

16. Field Interviews in Dialectology
Guy Bailey

17. Corpus-based Approaches to Dialect Study
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi and Lieselotte Anderwald

18. Acoustic Phonetic Dialectology
Erik R. Thomas

19. Computational Dialectology
Wilbert Heeringa and Jelena Prokiæ

20. Dialect Maps
Stefan Rabanus

21. Identifying  regional dialects in online social media
Jacob Eisenstein

22. Logistic Regression Analysis of Linguistic Data
John C. Paolillo

23. Statistics for Aggregate Variationist Analyses
John Nerbonne and Martijn Wieling

24. Spatial Statistics for Dialectology
Jack Grieve

Section 3: Data (section editor: Charles Boberg)

Section Introduction
Charles Boberg

25. Dialects of British and Southern Hemisphere English
Kevin Watson

26. Dialects of North American English
Charles Boberg

27. Dialects of German, Dutch and the Scandinavian Languages
Sebastian Kürschner

28. Dialects of French
Damien Hall

29. Dialects of Italy
Tullio Telmon

30. Dialects of Spanish and Portuguese
John M. Lipski

31. Dialects of the Slavic Languages
Vladimir Zhobov and Ronelle Alexander

32. Dialects of Arabic
Enam Al-Wer and Rudolf de Jong

33. Dialects in the Indo-Aryan landscape
Ashwini Deo

34. Dialects of Chinese
Chaoju Tang

35. Dialects of Japanese
Takuichiro Onishi

36. Dialects of Malay/Indonesian
Sander Adelaar

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Author Information

Charles Boberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research focuses on variation and change in North American English, particularly Canadian English and accents in film and television. He is the author of The English Language in Canada: Status, History and Comparative Analysis (2010) and a co-author of the Atlas of North American English (with William Labov and Sharon Ash, 2006).

John Nerbonne worked at HP Labs and the German AI Center before becoming Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Groningen in 1993. Nerbonne works in quantitative linguistics, using computational and statistical methods. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, was president of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2002, and a Humboldt prize winner in 2013.

Dominic Watt is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York, UK. His research interests are in forensic phonetics and linguistics, speech perception, sociophonetics, and language and identity studies. He is co-author of English Accents and Dialects (with Arthur Hughes and Peter Trudgill, 2012), and co-editor of Language and Identities (with Carmen Llamas, 2010) and Language, Borders and Identity (2014).

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Reviews

"This timely volume comprises thirty six chapters written by leading exponents in the discipline, comprehensively covering in three excellent sections issues in  theory, method and data. It is a fine resource for anyone working on language variation, language history, or for those who require access to bodies of language data: indispensable for researchers and students alike." - Lesley Milroy, Professor Emerita, University of Michigan

"Dialectology, the study of how and why language varies from place to place, comes brilliantly to life with this comprehensive, state-of-the-art Handbook. Grounded in history yet filled with cutting-edge methodology, research findings and personal insights from top researchers in the field, this book gives scholars and students the ideal reference manual for studying and understanding dialects in the 21st century." - Professor Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto, USA

"It's all here - an enormously helpful and brilliantly well-planned volume, by the world's very top dialectology researcher. The Handbook has everything that needs to be known about regional variations in language, including the history of its study, its manifestations,  its causes, and its consequences." Professor Peter Trudgill, University of East Anglia, UK

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