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Reconstructing linguistic history in a dialect continuum: The Kamta, Rajbanshi, and Northern Deshi Bangla subgroup of Indo-Aryan

Toulmin, Matthew William Stirling

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This study outlines a methodological framework for reconstructing linguistic history within a dialect continuum and applies this methodology to an under-described, controversial, and complex subgroup of New Indo-Aryan (NIA)—the Kamta, Rajbanshi and Northern Deshi Bangla lects (KRNB). ¶ Dialect continua are characterised by non-discrete boundaries between speech communities, and as a result previously divergent lects may undergo common innovations; the result is the familiar picture of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorToulmin, Matthew William Stirling
dc.date.accessioned2007-08-13T22:32:26Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-04T02:37:13Z
dc.date.available2007-08-13T22:32:26Z
dc.date.available2011-01-04T02:37:13Z
dc.date.created2006-05
dc.identifier.otherb22873995
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/45743
dc.identifier.urihttp://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/45743
dc.description.abstractThis study outlines a methodological framework for reconstructing linguistic history within a dialect continuum and applies this methodology to an under-described, controversial, and complex subgroup of New Indo-Aryan (NIA)—the Kamta, Rajbanshi and Northern Deshi Bangla lects (KRNB). ¶ Dialect continua are characterised by non-discrete boundaries between speech communities, and as a result previously divergent lects may undergo common innovations; the result is the familiar picture of overlapping dialectological isoglosses. The sequencing of these innovations and the historical relations between the lects involved are often highly ambiguous. Given the right sociohistorical conditions, a widespread innovation may be more recent than a localised innovation—the very opposite sequencing to that implied by the splits in a family tree. ¶ ...
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights.urihttp://www.anu.edu.au/legal/copyrit.html
dc.subjecthistorical linguistics,
dc.subjectsociohistorical linguistics
dc.subjectdialectology
dc.subjectcomparative method
dc.subjectIndo-Aryan
dc.subjectRajbanshi
dc.subjectKamta
dc.subjectDeshi Bhasha
dc.titleReconstructing linguistic history in a dialect continuum: The Kamta, Rajbanshi, and Northern Deshi Bangla subgroup of Indo-Aryan
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.description.refereedyes
local.type.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.date.issued2006-05
local.contributor.affiliationFaculty of Arts. School of Language Studies
local.contributor.affiliationThe Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d7a2b0c76304
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