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Proceedings of Methods XIV

Papers from the Fourteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2011

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Alena Barysevich, Alexandra D'Arcy and David Heap

This volume of papers from the 14 th International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, held at the University of Western Ontario (Canada), 2 to 6 August 2011, brings together recent methodological innovations and current research on the study of dialects and language variation. The research contributions are authored by a range of new and established scholars from different countries working on a number of languages and language varieties. The volume is divided into sections dealing with phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, ethnicity and identity, dialect cartography, methods, techniques as well as variation and change.

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We are very excited to bring you this collection of selected papers from the Fourteenth International Conference on Methods in Linguistics, held at the Uni- versity of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, August 2-6, 2011. As Jack Chambers notes in his Foreword, this meeting not only returned to the site of an earlier Methods conference, it was characterized by both significant continuity and significant innovation in our scholarly community. Methods XIV involved no fewer than eight workshops during or parallel to the main conference, which varied from topics which represent recurring focal areas of interest from previous conferences (English and European Historical Dialectology, Nouveaux corpus de français oral, Dialect and Regiolect Syntax, Dialogue on Dialect Standardization), to technological innovations (Gabmap: A Web Application for Measuring and Visualizing Distances between Language Varieties, Dialect and Heritage Language Corpora for the Google Generation), to specific language or language-area studies (Methods in Malagasy Dialecto- logy, Atlas Lingüístico de la Península Ibérica (ALPI): Lessons and Perspec- tives). Three of the four plenaries represented areas which were fairly innovative (Japanese dialectology, variation in Athabaskan, birdsong dialectology), while the fourth was closer to traditional Methods concerns (language ideologies and variation). Although there are many cross-cutting links between areas, the papers chosen for this volume are grouped into five parts for the purpose of pre- sentation: Phonetics and Phonology; Morphology and Syntax; Ethnicity and Identity; Dialect Cartography, Methods, and Techniques; Variation and Change. Naturally, with over 150 papers at the conference, not every presentation...

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