Mapping linguistic variation now and then

Schneider, Christa; Kardelis, Vytautas (3 October 2019). Mapping linguistic variation now and then (Unpublished). In: 26th Jonas Jablonskis Conference. Vilnius. 03.-04.10.2019.

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During the late 19th and the early 20th century some parts of Europe have gone through an era of language and dialect documentation. The outcome of this era are numerous language atlases, eg. Georg Wenker's Sprachatlas des Deutschen Reiches (German language atlas), Jules Gilléron's Atlas linguistique de France (Linguistic atlas of France) or also the Lietuvių kalbos atlasas (Lithuanian language atlas). The aim of all these projects was to document language variation in time of rapid development in mobility, economic and demographic growth. The atlases which are left to us are of an inestimable value – they allow us today to understand the mechanisms of diachronic language change much better and the give us the possibility to interpret synchronic language change much more successfully than before.
In the past 10 years, the use of new methods in variationists' linguistics has been the starting point of a second era of language data collection. Together with the historical material out of the already mentioned atlases, the newly elicited data encourages linguists to think about the creation of a new language atlas generation.
Most recently, we find ourselves faced with the question of how to publish the results of our own new data collection. This talk takes a closer look to historical and recent data collections and their outcome both, in and outside Lithuania. We will discuss why the new language atlases differ greatly from their historical ancestors today and whether the paradigm of sociolinguistics, brought up in the 1960ties, has had an influence or not.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Digital Humanities
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Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH)

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Schneider, Christa


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Christa Schneider

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14 Apr 2021 10:22

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14 Apr 2021 11:18




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