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From Regional Dialects to the Standard: Measuring Linguistic Distance in Galician Varieties

Instituto da Lingua Galega, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
Languages 2020, 5(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages5010004
Received: 12 December 2019 / Revised: 3 January 2020 / Accepted: 8 January 2020 / Published: 13 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Perspectives in Geolinguistics and Dialectology)
The analysis of the linguistic distance between dialect varieties and the standard variety typically focuses on establishing the influence exerted by the standard norm on the dialects. In languages whose standard form was established and implemented well after the beginning of the last century, however, such as Galician, it is still possible to perform studies from other perspectives. Unlike other languages, standard Galician was not based on a single dialect but aspired instead to be supradialectal in nature. In the present study, the tools and methods of quantitative dialectology are brought to bear in the task of establishing the extent to which dialect varieties of Galician resemble or differ from the standard variety. Moreover, the results of the analysis underline the importance of the different dialects in the evaluation of the supradialectal aim, as established by the makers of the standard variety. View Full-Text
Keywords: galician language; dialects; standard; typology; linguistic distance; dialectometry; language planning; language standardization galician language; dialects; standard; typology; linguistic distance; dialectometry; language planning; language standardization
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