Contemporary Approaches to Dialectology: the Area of North, Northwest Russian and Belarusian Dialects


Ilja Seržant, Leipzig University; Björn Wiemer, University of Mainz; Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, KU Leuven; Natalia Levshina, Leipzig University; Sofija Pozharickaja, Moscow State University; Aksana Erker, University of Mainz; Nina Markova, University of Petrozavodsk; James Lavine, Bucknell University; Hakyung Jung, Seoul National University; Margje Post, University of Bergen; Elena Galinskaja, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Mirosław Jankowiak, Polish Academy of Sciences; Anna Żebrowska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań


This volume brings together studies from different fields of dialectology with a focus on contemporary methods and understudied subfields. The collection comprises articles on dialectal grammar, historical dialectology, language contact, and theoretical approaches to dialectal variation, as well as sociolinguistic descriptions of particular vernaculars based on first-hand data. Furthermore, the collection addresses central questions in the field, such as the extent to which one may still speak of dialect continua, and the conditions that influence variation in vernaculars across space and time.

The majority of the contributions are case studies that analyse the functional range or diachronic development of specific constructions, or home in on the sociolinguistic environment and provenance of individual speaker groups. Other contributions offer a methodological overview of variationist linguistics or a critical synthesis of previous research.


  • Contents
  • Preface
  • List of Glosses
  • Introduction
    Björn Wiemer, Ilja Seržant
  • Methods and Objectives in Contemporary Dialectology
    Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
  • Putting Meaning on the Map
    Integration of Geographic and Semantic Variation in Multivariate Models of Language Use
    Natalia Levshina
  • О лингвогеографических параметрах функционирования причастных форм в русских говорах
    Sofija Pozharickaja
  • Способы выражения прошедшего времени в белорусском смешанном говоре на балто‑славянском пограничье
    Aksana Erker
  • On the Problem of Syntactic Synonyms in a Local Dialect System
    Nina Markova
  • Remarks on Object Case in the North Russian Perfect
    James Lavine
  • Conditioning Factors in the Development of the -vši Perfect in West Russian
    Hakyung Jung
  • Конструкции с глаголом быть (был, была, было, были) в одном севернорусском говоре
    к вопросу о плюсквамперфекте
    Sofija Pozharickaja
  • Connectives, Subordination and Information Structure
    Comments on Trubinskij’s Observations on the “-to … dak” Model in the Pinega Dialects
    Margje Post
  • The Independent Partitive Genitive in North Russian
    Ilja Seržant
  • Reflections on the Use of Cokanje in Russian Business Documents of the Sixteenth and the Seventeenth Centuries
    Elena Galinskaja
  • Belarusian Dialects in Latvian Latgale -Transitional or Mixed?
    Mirosław Jankowiak
  • The Sociolinguistic Situation of the Myadzel Region Exemplified by the Village of Kamarova
    Anna Żebrowska
  • Contributors


August 9, 2014

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