eWAVE (World Atlas of Varieties of English)
jean-christophe.verstraete at ARTS.KULEUVEN.BE
Sat Nov 19 11:39:42 UTC 2011
(forwarded on behalf of Bernd Kortmann
<bernd.kortmann at anglistik.uni-freiburg.de>)
Dear members of the ALT community,
maybe the following piece of news will be of interest to you and to your
colleagues in the department. Just click on the link at the bottom of
this message and see for yourselves!
FRIAS -- the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies -- and the
Max-Planck-Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) proudly
announce the availability of a fascinating new OPEN ACCESS online tool
which can be exploited both in research and teaching on the grammars of
varieties of English worldwide:
eWAVE -- the electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English, edited by
Bernd Kortmann and Kerstin Lunkenheimer.
eWAVE was designed and compiled at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced
Studies (FRIAS) and the English Department of the University of
Freiburg, Germany, between 2008 and 2011. eWAVE is an interactive
database on morphosyntactic variation in spontaneous spoken English
mapping 235 features from about a dozen domains of grammar in 48
varieties of English (traditional dialects, high-contact mother-tongue
Englishes, and indigenized second-language Englishes) and 26
English-based Pidgins and Creoles in eight Anglophone world regions
(Africa, Asia, Australia, British Isles, Caribbean, North America,
Pacific, and the South Atlantic). It was compiled from descriptive
materials, naturalistic corpus data, and native speaker knowledge by a
team of 80 contributors, all leading experts in their fields, directed
by Bernd Kortmann and Kerstin Lunkenheimer. eWAVE is unique not only in
its coverage and user-friendliness, but also in being an open access
resource. As such it has the potential for serving both as a teaching
tool in academic teaching around the world and as an indispensable
research tool by specialists in many different fields of linguistics,
including creolistics, dialectology, dialect syntax, language change,
language typology, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and
the study of World Englishes and learner Englishes.
What eWAVE can do for you
eWAVE facilitates the investigation of global-scale patterns of
morphosyntactic variation in English and helps answering questions like
• Which features are most/least widespread across varieties of English
• How many varieties of English worldwide share feature X?
• Is feature X restricted to or characteristic of a particular part of
the English-speaking world?
• Is feature X restricted to or characteristic of a particular group of
• Does variety A have feature X?
• In which area of grammar does variety A differ most from variety B?
The information required to answer questions of this kind can be found
in the central parts of eWAVE: the varieties index, the features index,
and the individual variety and feature profiles. These combine
searchable catalogues of varieties and of morphosyntactic features with
interactive maps, and allow you to explore in detail the distribution of
features within and across varieties of English and English-based
Pidgins and Creoles worldwide (see the help pages for more details).
Ultimately, the information provided in eWAVE can also be used for the
investigation of more general questions, such as the following: Which
features generally are characteristic of a particular variety type (e.g.
L2 varieties)? In which domain of grammar is there most/least
heterogeneity/homogeneity among varieties of English worldwide? Are
English-based pidgins and creoles as a group significantly different
from other varieties in terms of morphosyntax?
eWAVE was partly designed and entirely programmed in collaboration with
the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig), and is
also hosted by MPI-EVA. Since eWAVE is designed as an evolving
interactive tool, we are planning to have annual updates. A similar
project is the MPI-EVA's Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures
(APiCS, edited by Michaelis, Maurer, Haspelmath and Huber), which is due
to appear in 2012, both as a book atlas and as an electronic database
eWAVE can be accessed from TODAY, November 19, 2011 onwards. Please
Professor Dr. Bernd Kortmann
Dean of the Philological Faculty
Department of English
University of Freiburg
Bernd.Kortmann at anglistik.uni-freiburg.de<mailto:Bernd.Kortmann at anglistik.uni-freiburg.de>
phone: ++49/761/203-3318; -3320 (secretary); -2425 (Dean's office)
Hermann Paul Centre for Linguistics
NEW -- published in November 2011:
Kortmann, Bernd and Kerstin Lunkenheimer, eds. 2011.
The electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English [eWAVE].
Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Published in July 2011:
Kortmann, Bernd and Johan van der Auwera, eds. 2011.
The Languages and Linguistics of Europe:
A Comprehensive Guide. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
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