The future of dialects
Selected papers from Methods in Dialectology XV
Marie-Hélène Côté, Remco Knooihuizen, John Nerbonne (editors)



digital: 978-3-946234-18-0
ISBN-13 hardcover: 978-3-946234-19-7
ISBN-13 softcover: 978-3-946234-20-3
ISBN-13 softcover-US: 978-1-523743-18-6


DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.78
Published: 2016-02-08

Cite as

Côté, Marie-Hélène, Remco Knooihuizen & John Nerbonne (eds.). 2016. The future of dialects : Selected papers from Methods in Dialectology XV. (Language Variation 1). Berlin: Language Science Press.
editor = {Côté, Marie-Hélène and Knooihuizen, Remco and Nerbonne, John},
title = {The future of dialects: Selected papers from Methods in Dialectology XV},
year = {2016},
series = {lv},
number = {1},
address = {Berlin},
publisher = {Language Science Press}


  • Željko Agić
  • Mario Bisiada
  • Alireza Dehbozorgi
  • Carola Fanselow
  • Martin Haspelmath
  • Andreas Hölzl
  • John Judge
  • Felix Kopecky
  • Sebastian Nordhoff
  • Mathias Schenner
  • Alec Shaw
  • Debora Siller
  • Benedikt Singpiel


  • Remco Knooihuizen
  • Felix Kopecky
  • John Nerbonne
  • Sebastian Nordhoff
  • Oscar Strik


  • Sebastian Nordhoff
  • Adam Liter

About this book

Traditional dialects have been encroached upon by the increasing mobility of their speakers and by the onslaught of national languages in education and mass media. Typically, older dialects are “leveling” to become more like national languages. This is regrettable when the last articulate traces of a culture are lost, but it also promotes a complex dynamics of interaction as speakers shift from dialect to standard and to intermediate compromises between the two in their forms of speech. Varieties of speech thus live on in modern communities, where they still function to mark provenance, but increasingly cultural and social provenance as opposed to pure geography. They arise at times from the need to function throughout the different groups in society, but they also may have roots in immigrants’ speech, and just as certainly from the ineluctable dynamics of groups wishing to express their identity to themselves and to the world. The future of dialects is a selection of the papers presented at Methods in Dialectology XV, held in Groningen, the Netherlands, 11-15 August 2014. While the focus is on methodology, the volume also includes specialized studies on varieties of Catalan, Breton, Croatian, (Belgian) Dutch, English (in the US, the UK and in Japan), German (including Swiss German), Italian (including Tyrolean Italian), Japanese, and Spanish as well as on heritage languages in Canada.

About Marie-Hélène Côté

Marie-Hélène Côté, Laval/Québec, specializes in phonology and variation in sound patterns. She has worked on several languages, in particular geographical variation in French, in the context of the project Phonologie du français contemporain

About Remco Knooihuizen

Remco Knooihuizen, Groningen, works on the sociolinguistics language change in situations of language and dialect contact. He has worked on contemporary and historical data sets from languages such as English, Dutch, Frisian and Faroese.

About John Nerbonne

John Nerbonne, Groningen & Freiburg, applies computational sequence distance measures to dialect pronunciations and also investigates the detection of groups in dialect data and statistics sensitive to both geographic influences and to social conditioning.


Embracing the future of dialects
Marie-Hélène Côté, Remco Knooihuizen, John Nerbonne
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.80

Heritage languages as new dialects
Naomi Nagy
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.81

From diglossia to diaglossia
A West Flemish case-study
Anne-Sophie Ghyselen
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.82

The future of Catalan dialects’ syntax
A case study for a methodological contribution
Ares Llop Naya
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.83

Fuzzy dialect areas and prototype theory
Discovering latent patterns in geolinguistic variation
Simon Pickl
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.84

On the problem of field worker isoglosses
Andrea Mathussek
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.145

Tracking linguistic features underlying lexical variation patterns
A case study on Tuscan dialects
Simonetta Montemagni, Martijn Wieling
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.146

A new dialectometric approach applied to the Breton language
Guylaine Brun-Trigaud, Tanguy Solliec, Jean Le Dû
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.147

Automatically identifying characteristic features of non-native Englishaccents
Jelke Bloem, Martijn Wieling, John Nerbonne
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.148

Mapping the perception of linguistic form
Dialectometry with perceptual data
Tyler Kendall, Valerie Fridland
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.149

Horizontal and vertical variation in Swiss German morphosyntax
Philipp Stoeckle
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.150

Infrequent forms
Noise or not?
Martijn Wieling, Simonetta Montemagni
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.151

Top-down and bottom-up advances in corpus-based dialectometry
Christoph Wolk, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.152

Imitating closely related varieties
Lea Schäfer, Stephanie Leser, Michael Cysouw
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.153

Spontaneous dubbing as a tool for eliciting linguistic data
The case ofsecond person plural inflections in Andalusian Spanish
Víctor Lara Bermejo
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.154

Dialect levelling and changes in semiotic space
Ivana Škevin
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.155

Code-switching in the Anglophone community in Japan
Keiko Hirano
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.156

Tongue trajectories in North American English /æ/ tensing
Christopher Carignan, Jeff Mielke, Robin Dodsworth
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.157

s-retraction in Italian-Tyrolean bilingual speakers
A preliminary investigation using the ultrasound tongue imaging technique
Lorenzo Spreafico
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.158

Developing the Linguistic Atlas of Japan Database and advancing analysis of geographical distanceributions of dialects
Yasuo Kumagai
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.159

Tracing real and apparent time language changes by comparing linguistic maps
Chitsuko Fukushima
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.160

Timespan comparison of dialectal distributions
Takuichiro Onishi
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.161

Tonal variation in Kagoshima Japanese and factors of language change
Ichiro Ota, Hitoshi Nikaido, Akira Utsugi
DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b81.162