Definition of dialectology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdīəlekˈtäləjē/


The branch of linguistics concerned with the study of dialects.
Example sentences
  • Regarding the second principle, the lessons of historical linguistics and dialectology provide the strongest arguments available for the linguistic validity of U.S. Spanish.
  • In this respect the study of dialects or dialectology has to do with boundaries, which often coincide with geographical features such as rivers and mountains.
  • In generative dialectology, the investigator holds that the language exists within the speaker as a competence which is never fully realized in performance.



Pronunciation: /-təˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • Roberts makes a rather obvious dialectological point, but it's one that is frequently lost on self-appointed guardians of good ‘grammar’.
  • All tapes were recorded between 1955 and 1965 in the course of regular dialectological expeditions.
  • The experts instructed those who wanted to participate in expeditions in methods of collection of dialectological materials and informants’ data as well as dialectologist's ethics.


Pronunciation: /ˌdīəlekˈtäləjəst/
Example sentences
  • As a result of this study, philologists and dialectologists generally regard a dialect as a historical subtype of a language and a language as the aggregate of the features of its dialects.
  • Traditional dialectologists believed that isolation led to linguistic diversity, while mixing of populations created uniformity.
  • Peter Trudgill, a leading British sociolinguist and dialectologist now based at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, visits the Department annually and works on the ONZE data for a month.

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Syllabification: di·a·lec·tol·o·gy

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