A sampling technique for large-scale typological studies of language contact

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This paper introduces a novel sampling technique for studies of contact-induced change from a typological perspective. It uses external criteria to establish the location, contact scenario, and genealogy of the languages included. Employing three-language sets (i.e. target, contact language, and a benchmark language for control) as the sampling unit, we show that it is possible to draw a worldwide sample of 150 languages representing 50 different contact scenarios between pairs of unrelated languages. We argue that the sampling design presented here constitutes a promising step towards understanding the influence of language ecology on the worldwide distribution of linguistic diversity.
Period9 Jan 2021
Event titleLinguistics Society of America 2021 Meeting
Event typeConference
LocationSan Francisco, United StatesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational