Papers from the Thirteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2008
Edited By Barry Heselwood and Clive Upton
PART V. Lexis, Grammar And Discourse
Part V Lexis, Grammar And Discourse 19. The correlation between morphological, syntactic and phonological variation in the Basque language Gotzon Aurrekoetxea University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) 1. Introduction In this contribution I analyse and show firstly the correlation between different grammatical parameters and geographical distance, and secondly between different linguistic parameters. This subject has been studied more than once. One of the most read works is that published by Jean Séguy in 1971, but now we have the opportunity to analyse it with computer programs. I am going to use the VDM program, conceived by Goebl. This program helps us to analyse this correlation deeply, showing the results in maps. This is the first occasion on which we have the opportunity to use this method in the Basque language. At the beginning of the research we had manuscripted texts that belong to the Bourciez collection. The first step was to type the 150 Basque texts of the collection; then we analysed all the words and conjugated verbs, did the lemmatisation (that will be the basic taxata for the diatopic analysis) using a program built for this work and put all of the words in a data- base (Aurrekoetxea & Videgain 2004). Later, we put them into the VDM program and analysed them geolinguistically, publishing two books: one of them with lexical data (Aurrekoetxea et al. 2007) and the other with grammatical data (Aurrekoetxea et al. 2008). This is the basic output of this program; but using statistical tools, data...
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