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dc.contributor.authorGood, Jeff
dc.contributor.authorCysouw, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-03T00:02:31Z
dc.date.available2015-11-03T00:02:31Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationCysouw, Michael and Jeff Good. (2013) Languoid, doculect, and glossonym: Formalizing the notion “language”. Language Documentation & Conservation 7:331–359.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1934-5275
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10477/38636
dc.description.abstractIt is perfectly reasonable for laypeople and non-linguistic scholars to use names for languages without reflecting on the proper definition of the objects referred to by these names. Simply using a name like English or Witotoan suffices as an informal communicative designation for a particular language or a language group. However, for the linguistics community, which is by definition occupied with the details of languages and language variation, it is somewhat bizarre that there does not exist a proper technical apparatus to talk about intricate differences in opinion about the precise sense of a name like English or Witotoan when used in academic discussion. We propose three interrelated concepts—languoid, doculect, and glossonym—which provide a principled basis for discussion of different points of view about key issues, such as whether two varieties should be associated with the same language, and allow for a precise description of what exactly is being claimed by the use of a given genealogical or areal group name. The framework these concepts provide should be especially useful to researchers who work on underdescribed languages where basic issues of classification remain unresolved.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawaii Pressen_US
dc.subjectunderdescribed languagesen_US
dc.subjectendangered languagesen_US
dc.subjectlanguage documentationen_US
dc.subjectnames for languagesen_US
dc.titleLanguoid, Doculect and Glossonym: Formalizing the Notion ‘Language’en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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