Concepts and methods for integrating language typology and sociolinguistics

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This paper presents the building blocks of a comprehensive framework for the typological study of linguistic adaptation, i.e. how languages change in relation to the socio-historical and environmental contexts in which they are used. We showcase a battery of concepts and methods that are geared towards systematically comparing sociolinguistic environments and linguistic structures through the study of communities in social contact. We show that these concepts and methods can be used to investigate sociolinguistic correlates of linguistic diversity and language change in at least three ways: (1) to unravel causal factors related to language change, (2) to create datasets simultaneously addressing selection of communities, sociolinguistic features, and linguistic features, and (3) to formulate generalizations from empirically-grounded cross-cultural and cross-linguistic comparisons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTipologia e Sociolinguistica : Verso un approccio integrato allo studio della variazione: Atti del Workshop della Società Linguistica Italiana 20 settembre 2020
EditorsSilvia Ballarè, Guglielmo Inglese
Number of pages34
Place of PublicationMilano
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-88-97657-47-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-97657-48-4
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter
EventSocietas Linguistica Europaea - Online
Duration: 26 Aug 20201 Sept 2020
Conference number: 53

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