Che cosa ha da dire la sociolinguistica sul tema della complessità delle lingue

Moretti, Bruno (2017). Che cosa ha da dire la sociolinguistica sul tema della complessità delle lingue. Rivista Italiana di Dialettologia, 41, pp. 35-52. CLUEB

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The main purpose of this contribution is to look at the concept of linguistic complexity from a sociolinguistic point of view. After discussing some general aspects of the concept and in particular Trudgill’s proposal that the fundamental complexity of languages originated in small communities, having with few contacts with other communities and which were characterized by a high internal cohesion, we consider two examples of cyclical linguistic changes: Jespersen’s cycle of negation and the cycle of avere. These two examples are used to assess the role that can be attributed to the concept of complexity in linguistic changes and to investigate the relationship between complexity and sociolinguistic phenomena.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Italian Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Moretti, Bruno

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 850 Italian, Romanian & related literatures
400 Language > 450 Italian, Romanian & related languages

ISSN:

1122-6331

Publisher:

CLUEB

Language:

Italiano

Submitter:

Aline Kunz

Date Deposited:

14 Aug 2019 10:09

Last Modified:

04 Feb 2020 17:29

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.132472

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/132472

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