Research Unit

Diachronic and Diatopic Linguistics

19 April 2019 → Ongoing
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Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Computational linguistics
    • Diachronic linguistics
Communication History Interculturalism Language technology Linguistics African languages Dutch Eastern European languages English French German Greek Italian Latin Oriental languages Portuguese Romanian 15th Century 16th Century 17th Century 18th Century 19th Century 20th Century Antiquity Contemporary Late Antiquity Middle Ages Russian Spanish Swedish Turkish Comparative Field research Geographic and map based Language and text analysis Quantitative Surveys Historical linguistics Diachronic linguistics Diatopic linguistics Sociolinguistics Historical sociolinguistics Corpus construction Language change Dialectology Diachrony Language contact Dialect contact Language death Endangered languages Language maintenance Typology Lexicography Word order Syntax Dialect syntax Historical syntax Grammar Formal grammar Formal syntax Experimental syntax Historical grammar Dialect grammar Morphology Lexicon Discourse Semantics Pragmatics Syntax-discourse interface Information structure Microvariation Quantitative linguistics Cartography Nanosyntax Generative syntax Construction grammar Cognitive linguistics Dynamic syntax Grammaticalization Constructionalization Functional linguistics
The research group Diachronic and Diatopic Linguistics (DIALING) carries out research in the field of historical and diatopic linguistics. The research contributes to these disciplines by (i) language description and documentation through the creationand dissemination of various types of descriptive tools (e.g. dictionaries, grammars, corpora, text editions, databases, etc.) and by (ii) the advancement of linguistic theory, which is informed by empirically-grounded studies. A number of diverse theoretical viewpoints on language variation and change (e.g. Construction Grammar, Grammaticalization Theory, Relevance Theory, Prototype Theory, Dynamic Syntax, Cartography, Nanosyntax and, more generally, Generative Grammar) are explored for the genesis and development of a variety of phenomena. These include, among others, discourse markers and adverbs, aspect and modality, word order phenomena and information structure, transitivity alternations and valency, case-marking and argument structure, nominal constituents, adverbial clauses, negation and word formation.