Language vs. Dialect in Language Cataloguing: The Vexed Case of Otomanguean Dialect Continua

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2015-12-01
Authors
Okura, Eve
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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Abstract
This paper reviews the literature on the language-vs.-dialect question and mutual intelligibility testing. It discusses conflicting internal classification schemes from different sources involving Mixtec and Zapotec dialect continua (members of the Otomanguean language family). The paper shows how various catalogues differ in their purposes and thus in their methods of dealing with these dialect continua, comparing and contrasting various internal classification schemes. It also demonstrates how the Catalogue of Endangered languages has solved the issue of the Mixtec and Zapotec dialect continua. KEYWORDS: dialect continuum; dialect continua; dialect chain; mutual intelligibility; catalogue; Otomanguean; Mixtec; Zapotec; Catalogue of Endangered Languages; ELCat
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Okura, Eve. 2015. Language vs. Dialect in Language Cataloguing: The Vexed Case of Otomanguean Dialect Continua. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 46(5).
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