Languoid, Doculect, and Glossonym: Formalizing the Notion 'Language'

dc.contributor.author Good, Jeff en_US
dc.contributor.author Cysouw, Michael en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-19T19:11:20Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-19T19:11:20Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12-19 en_US
dc.description.abstract It 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 they provide should be especially useful to researchers who work on underdescribed languages where basic issues of classification remain unresolved. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Good, Jeff & Cysouw, Michael. 2013. Languoid, Doculect, and Glossonym: Formalizing the Notion 'Language'. LD&C 7. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4606
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ en_US
dc.subject Language, Dialect, Standardization, Languoid, Doculect, Glossonym en_US
dc.title Languoid, Doculect, and Glossonym: Formalizing the Notion 'Language' en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation en_US
prism.volume 7 en_US
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