Historical dialectology and the Angus McIntosh Legacy

Rhona Alcorn, Betty Los, Joanna Kopaczyk, Benjamin Molineaux Ress

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In its broadest terms, historical dialectology might be defined as the study of diachronic, diatopic and social variation in the historical record of languages. Insofar as it is historical it deals with time: the varieties spoken at particular points in history and the transitions between these points. Insofar as it is a study of dialects, it deals with variation across geographical and social space, broadly understood. The granularity with which we may observe the variants themselves, as well as their distribution across these key dimensions, is constrained by the quality, quantity and dispersion of the data itself, as well as our knowledge of the extralinguistic context they belong to.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistorical Dialectology in the Digital Age
EditorsRhona Alcorn, Bettelou Los, Joanna Kopaczyk, Benjamin Molineaux
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
ISBN (Print)9781474430531
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2019


  • historical dialectology
  • historical linguistics
  • corpus linguistics


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