Dialectology an Interactional Overlap of Disciplines


Dialectology has long been stereotyped as a limited scope of research since dialectologists long lived with the prejudice of being data collectors who amused their time to wander in rural meadows and converse with old peoples; and if there was any relationship between dialectology with other disciplines it was often viewed as intricate and sometimes controversial through many classificatory approaches. It is a false perception to view dialectology as autonomous discipline that inherits traditional dialect atlases; dialectology transcends the work on grounds to scrutinize the way linguistic variables function in speech. Since speech styles have social meaning that marks speakers’ social and personal identity, dialectology as an illustrious field of research is related to many other disciplines to study the analysis of these markers: such as anthropology, folklore, linguistics, phonology, sociology, psychology, history, sociolinguistics, education and literature. This paper, thus, highlights the relationship of dialectology to other disciplines of language in linguistic studies like sociolinguistics and education.

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Ilhem, M. (2013) Dialectology an Interactional Overlap of Disciplines. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 3, 157-160. doi: 10.4236/ojml.2013.32021.

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