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Taalvariatie op de tong

Dat de tong essentieel is om te spreken weet iedereen. Veel minder bekend is dat uitspraakverschillen ook terug te zien zijn in de bewegingen van de tong tijdens spraak. In deze lezing bespreekt Martijn Wieling het gebruik van articulografie – het registreren van tong- en lipbewegingen door middel van hele kleine sensoren – om taalvariatie […]

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Unexpected sisterhood

Some southern Italian dialects are very different from the rest of Romance languages. They show characteristics that are totally unexpected for the Romance group. Surprisingly, the same characteristics are found in languages as distant as Basque, Georgian, Maya, Hindi, Nez Perce, and so on. How is this possible? Under the assumption that languages vary indefinitely […]

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The scientific relevance of dialects

Dialects are believed to represent the culture of a people, and as such as often treated as folklore. However, they may reveal to be very important means of understanding the human mind. One of the questions that linguists have tried to answer in the last years is ‘what are possible and impossible languages?’. We can […]

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