ERIC Number: ED125296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Relevance of Comparative and Historical Data for the Description and Definition of a Language. York Papers in Linguistics; No. 6.
Sometimes descriptions of known facts about a language fail to be explanatory in a satisfying way, because they ignore parallelisms in related languages, including chronologically earlier stages of the same language. This article examines several Romance languages and dialects in terms of similarities in morphological evolutionary development. Consideration of comparative data indicates that the polarization of standards can overlay similar patterns of variation in different regions and that an explanatory description of nonstandard usage needs the added dimension offered by use of comparative and historical data. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Descriptive Linguistics, Diachronic Linguistics, Dialects, Etymology, Language Acquisition, Language Standardization, Language Variation, Latin, Morphology (Languages), Nonstandard Dialects, Regional Dialects, Romance Languages, Sociolinguistics, Transformational Generative Grammar
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ. (England). Dept. of Language.