The Social Dimension of Dialectology

The Social Dimension of Dialectology JOSE PEDRO RONA This paper is not a discussion of Sociolinguistics, but rather what we might call Socio-dialectology. As I have pointed out elsewhere (Rona 1970), I claim that Sociolinguistics should not be understood as an interdisciplinary overlapping of Sociology and linguistics, but rather as a part of linguistics, since its subject is not society but rather the social aspects of language. For the same reason, I do not believe that Sociodialectology should be considered as being an interdisciplinary overlapping of Sociolinguistics and dialectology; it is simply a part of dialectology, or a new form of dialectology. It could even be argued that it is not new at all, since sociolinguistic diversity of dialects has always been of concern to dialectologists. The term social dialect, to my knowledge, was first used by Vicente Garcia de Diego in 1926. The first practical distinction between sociolinguistic levels in field work was made by Karl Jaberg in Florence for the Linguistic Atlas of Italy and Switzerland (AIS). As far as I know, the first methodological discussion of the social aspects of dialects was undertaken in 1934 by Adolf Bach, and the first consideration of sociolinguistic differences in dialectal diversification appears to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of the Sociology of Language de Gruyter

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de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Walter de Gruyter
ISSN
0165-2516
eISSN
1613-3668
DOI
10.1515/ijsl.1976.9.7
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Abstract

JOSE PEDRO RONA This paper is not a discussion of Sociolinguistics, but rather what we might call Socio-dialectology. As I have pointed out elsewhere (Rona 1970), I claim that Sociolinguistics should not be understood as an interdisciplinary overlapping of Sociology and linguistics, but rather as a part of linguistics, since its subject is not society but rather the social aspects of language. For the same reason, I do not believe that Sociodialectology should be considered as being an interdisciplinary overlapping of Sociolinguistics and dialectology; it is simply a part of dialectology, or a new form of dialectology. It could even be argued that it is not new at all, since sociolinguistic diversity of dialects has always been of concern to dialectologists. The term social dialect, to my knowledge, was first used by Vicente Garcia de Diego in 1926. The first practical distinction between sociolinguistic levels in field work was made by Karl Jaberg in Florence for the Linguistic Atlas of Italy and Switzerland (AIS). As far as I know, the first methodological discussion of the social aspects of dialects was undertaken in 1934 by Adolf Bach, and the first consideration of sociolinguistic differences in dialectal diversification appears to

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International Journal of the Sociology of Languagede Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1976

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