[Lingtyp] references for sociolinguistic approaches to variation in minority languages

Dineke Schokkin dineke.schokkin at anu.edu.au
Fri Jun 15 11:12:20 UTC 2018

Dear Michael,

The work by Jim Stanford on Sui, and Miriam Meyerhoff on Nkep are the first two things that come to mind:

Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2015. Turning variation on its head: Analysing subject prefixes in Nkep(Vanuatu) for language documentation. Asia-Pacific Language Variation 1(1): 78-108.

Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2016. Borrowing from Bislama into Nkep (East Santo, Vanuatu): Quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Language and linguistics in Melanesia, available from http://www.langlxmelanesia.com/issues.htm.

Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2017. Writing a linguistic symphony: Analyzing variation while doing language documentation. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue Canadienne De Linguistique: 1-25. doi:10.1017/cnj.2017.

Stanford, James N. 2008. A sociotonetic analysis of Sui dialect contact. Language Variation and Change 20(3): 409-50.

Stanford, James N. & Dennis Preston. Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Within the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity (ARC Laureate project) we're currently doing this type of research in minority languages of Australia, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. No written publications as yet, but hopefully before long.



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Subject: [Lingtyp] references for sociolinguistic approaches to variation in minority languages

Dear colleagues,

could anyone share references to the studies on:

a. Approaches to inter-speaker variability in the use of grammatical categories in minority languages - especially those applying statistical analysis

b. Apparent time studies of variation observed in minority languages - especially those on phonetic (phonological) variation

The smaller the language, the more appreciated is the reference.

Michael Daniel

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