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Sociolinguistic typology and responsive features in syntactic history

Project description

How social and historical factors influence language structure

The theory of sociolinguistic typology developed by Peter Trudgill, a sociolinguist and an authority on dialects, suggests that simplicity and complexity in languages are closely related to social and historical conditions. In addition, adult second language acquisition leads to simplification. The EU-funded STARFISH project will build on this theory and establish a new theory of variation and change in syntactic complexity. Based on Trudgill’s theory, the project will define the syntactic traits that are receptive to variation under such situations. It will use a wide range of approaches from second language acquisition and syntax to computational models and historical corpus linguistics to address significant questions posed by the theory. The goal of the project is a new synthesis of historical sociolinguistics and syntactic theory.

Host institution

UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ
Net EU contribution
€ 1 462 872,50
Address
Universitatsstrasse 10
78464 Konstanz
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 462 872,50
Address
Universitatsstrasse 10
78464 Konstanz

See on map

Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00