Högre seminarium: Kaius Sinnemäki

  • Datum: –16.00
  • Plats: Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/67523562764
  • Föreläsare: Kaius Sinnemäki, Helsingfors universitet
  • Arrangör: Institutionen för nordiska språk
  • Kontaktperson: Memet Aktürk-Drake
  • Seminarium

Linguistic system and sociolinguistic environment as competing factors in typological variation

Linguistic system and sociolinguistic environment as competing factors in typological variation

In language typology it has been uncommon to hypothesize that cross-linguistic variation could depend on sociolinguistic factors. This is very different compared to, for instance, variationist corpus research where it has been common to compare what effects “language internal” and “language external” factors could have on linguistic structures. Things have started to slowly change during the past decade in language typology, too. Initial research has suggested that sociolinguistic/demographic factors may affect linguistic structures across languages, including morphological and phonological complexity (Sinnemäki 2009; Lupyan & Dale 2010; Moran & Blasi 2012; Bentz & Winter 2013; Sinnemäki & Di Garbo 2018). Here I report on a new study (Sinnemäki 2020) which proposes that the effects of “language internal” and “language external” factors should be compared in typology in a similar spirit as is done in variationist research. Results based on a sample of roughly 250 languages suggest an interplay between grammatical and sociolinguistic factors (e.g., population size and proportion of non-native speakers). I also briefly discuss how comparative sociolinguistic research could be feasibly approached from a typological perspective to further enable bridging research on sociolinguistic and typological research and what role multilingualism may play in such a model.

 

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