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Some Thoughts on Dialectology and Spanish Historical Linguistics

Authors
  • Dworkin, Steven N.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
Publisher
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2008
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
189–196
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/shll-2008-1010
Source
De Gruyter
License
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Abstract

This paper offers some thoughts on the role of traditional dialect geography, a discipline that is rapidly being supplanted by sociolinguistics, in the study of Spanish and Romance historical linguistics. It rapidly surveys earlier contributions of dialect geography to Spanish and Romance historical linguistics, describes briefly several recent studies in Spanish historical linguistics that have made significant use of dialect data, and concludes with some observations on the future role of dialect data in evaluating competing theories and models of language change.

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