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Proceedings of Methods XVI

Papers from the sixteenth international conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2017


Edited By Yoshiyuki Asahi

Methods in Dialectology is a venerable institution, having started in 1972 in London, Western Ontario, Canada. This book is a collection of papers presented at Methods XVI in Tachikawa, Japan, in 2017. It was the first time Methods took place in Asia. In this volume, the emphasis is on diverse methods and diverse research questions. Many of the papers focus on language innovation, language change, corpus studies and linguistic atlas from different perspectives. At the same time, methodological innovation is very much in focus. Its emphasis meant that several papers showcased cutting-edge quantitative techniques that allow dialectologists to address questions that had been thought impossible to answer only a few years ago.

Katharina Pabst, Lex Konnelly, Melanie Rothlisberger, and Sali A. Tagliamonte: Individual- vs. community-level variation: New evidence from variable (t,d) in Canadian English ● Akiko Okumura: Variation and change in a Japanese new town: Production and perception of variable (ng) ● Hajime Oshima: Innovative possessive marker in the Burgenland dialect of Hungarian in Austria ● Chingduang Yurayong: Postposed demonstrative: An innovation from contact between North Russian and Central Veps dialects ● Jos Swanenberg: Does dialect loss give more or less variation?: On dialect leveling and language creativity ● Kazuko Matsumoto: Nativisation in adolescent Palauan English: A discourse-pragmatic perspective ● Rika Ito: But I’m embarrassed!: The representation of Hokkaido dialect in the Japanese anime, Silver Spoon ● Keiko Hirano and David Britain: Accommodation and social networks: Grammatical variation among expatriate English speakers in Japan ● Heike Wiese: Language situations: A method for capturing variation within speakers’ repertoires ● Kevin Heffernan: The diffusion of lexical bundles from an urban center to a rural community in Japan ● Harumi Mitsui, Kanetaka Yarimizu, and Motoei Sawaki: The structure of diversified language usage in metropolitan Tokyo: Analyses using large-scale database for word accent ● Mihoko Kubota: Different paths in the acquisition of Japanese negative words meaning prohibition: Dame in the standard form and akan in the western dialect ● Kazuko Tanabe: Analysis of the transmission of reference honorifics in the Japanese household ● Salvatore Carlino: The state of dialect usage and transmission in Iheya ● Marjatta Palander: Change in spoken Finnish: The dialect of 7-year-olds of two generations ● Brian Jose: A real-time perspective on the Southern vowel shift in Kentuckiana ● Nobuko Kibe, Kumiko Sato, Taro Nakanishi, and Kohei Nakazawa: Corpus-based study of Japanese dialects: Regional differences in accusative case marking system ● Hitoshi Nikaido: The speaking style of elderly assembly members in the Fukuoka prefectural assembly ● Kenjiro Matsuda: The birth and diffusion of group languages in the National Diet ● Suguru Kawase: Regional differences in conjunctives in the minutes of local assemblies ● Stephen Levey and Heike Pichler: Revisiting transatlantic relatives: Evidence from British and Canadian English ● Martin Schweinberger: Using semantic vector space models to investigate lexical replacement: A corpus-based study of ongoing changes in intensifier use ● Chihkai Lin: Pazeh-Kaxabu affinity revisited: from a corpus-based approach ● Yuji Kawaguchi: Standardization and distance: A case study of the linguistic atlas of Champagne and Brie (ALCB) ● Jung-min Li and Hsiao-feng Cheng: A geolinguistic study on Taiwanese in the west coast of Taiwan using ‘Glottograms’ ● Hiroyuki Suzuki and Lozong Lhamo: ‘Where’ as a negative prefix in Khams Tibetan: A geolinguistic approach towards a grammaticalisation process