Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Combining geolinguistic sources in dialect syntax: three case-studies through ALPI and cordial-sin

Maria Lobo, Ernestina Carrilho


Although geolinguistic projects do not usually provide adequate (if any) coverage of syntactic  variation, current studies of dialect syntax still may benefit from data that were made a vailable in  traditional linguistic atlases. Concomitantly, dialect  corpora , as a different kind of linguistic resource for  the study of nonstandard syntax, often grant access to spontaneous oral data that allow the study of  phenomena that are hard to eluci date through traditional questionnaires. In this paper we present and discuss three morphosyntactic phenomena in European Portuguese  varieties, as they appear through both kinds of sources  – more specifically, the  Atlas Lingüístico de la  Península Ibérica  (ALPI), a traditional linguistic atlas, and CORDIAL - SIN, a dialect corpus. Through both  sources, we will investigate the geolinguistic syntactic variation concerning: (i) the distribution of gerund  forms; (ii) the presence of articles before prenominal pos sessives; and (iii) the distribution of verbal  forms ending in  - ra .  The contrast and complementarity of both kinds of sources, namely, their advantages and  inconveniences, invite us to discuss new methods that integrate complementary methods in collecting data for dialect syntax.

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