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URPP Language and Space Spatial Boundaries and Transitions in Language and Interaction

Session 4

Thursday, 27. April 2017


This session concerns shifting boundaries in time and space, the diffusion and disappearance of linguistic features in dialect contact (with regard to: syntax, morphology, phonology, and the lexicon), but also the dissolution of boundaries as in virtual space or as a consequence of migration. As mobility and migration are at last blurring the boundaries between linguistic regions, how do people describe themselves and how does this conform to regions as they are conventionally thought of? In a wider perspective, research questions in this session also concern self assignment and identity construction: what labels do we assign ourselves in cultural, ethnic and linguistic terms? Topics of this session may also include: qualitative and quantitative methods in linguistic geography and variational linguistics, the description/determination of boundaries with regard to linguistic change.

11:30 - 12:00 
Jürg Fleischer:
Diffusion of (morpho)syntactic features in Continental West Germanic: do traditional dialect areas play a role?

14:00 - 14:30
Veton Matoshi:
Variation of clitic doubling in Albanian dialects

14:30 - 15:00 !New time!
Li-Fang Lai and Shelome Gooden: 
Language ideologies and shifting boundaries: A case study of Yami diphthongs (ay) and (aw)

15:00 - 15:30 !New time!
Péter Jeszenszky, Philipp Stoeckle, Elvira Glaser and Robert Weibel:
Analysing the Effects of Geographic Factors on Syntax Variation in Individual and Aggregate Phenomena of Swiss German



17:30 - 17:45
CSF Award Ceremony