DepositStudies in the Linguistic Prehistory of the Boeotian Dialect

This article offers a brief synopsis and partial summary of my Ph.D. Dissertation The Aeolic Dialects of Ancient Greek: A Study in Historical Dialectology and Linguistic Classification (Cambridge, 2016). This will consist of situating the contribution of the study in its scholarly context (summarising the first chapter of the dissertation), followed by a more concise synopsis of the linguistic features analysed by the dissertation and its evaluation methodology. The main dissertation synopsis is then followed by a concise survey of the dissertation’s principal results for Boeotian dialect research, aside from the dissertation’s general conclusions that an Aeolic subgrouping is likely, and that Boeotian appears to share a closer affinity with Thessalian than it shares with Lesbian, and that from the cumulative evidence a Thessalian-Boeotian subgrouping within Aeolic appears to be more likely than a Thessalian-Lesbian one.

DepositThe dialects of Erzurum: Some remarks on adverbial clauses

This article aims to describe some types of adverbial clauses in the dialects of Erzurum. For this purpose I have investigated published and unpublished material collected in the region between 1966 and 1980. I concentrated on converb forms and clause patterns that are unusual from the viewpoint of Standard Turkish. The converb forms are either archaic, like the one in -dıχliyin, or regarded as a feature of Azerbaijanian, like -ende. The clause patterns to be discussed are right-branching clauses based on finite predicates, some obviously copies of Iranian models.

DepositSocial integration and dialect divergence in coastal Palestine

The history of Palestine has caused communities to be displaced and relocated, entailing that speech communities have been dismantled and created anew. The coastal cities of Jaffa and Gaza exemplify this reality. This study analyzes speakers from Jaffa, some of whom remained there and others residing in Gaza as refugees. Through an examination of three variables, (ʕ), (AH), and (Q), we shed light on the effects of dialect contact while highlighting the link between dialect contact and identity formation and maintenance. All three variables are found to be in varied states of change as a result of contact with other varieties of Arabic, as well as with Modern Hebrew. We conclude that (Q), through its high social salience, works to create and maintain a sense of community identity for Jaffan refugees in Gaza at a time when the speech of the larger Jaffa community is undergoing substantial linguistic change.

DepositDigital Dialectic: Forging New Paths of Inquiry in the Humanities

Digital Dialectic empowers humanities education with technology that sparks deeper contextual understanding of cultural artifacts and illuminates the multicultural nature of the humanities. Frederico Vigil’s fresco, Mundos de Mestizaje, allegorically depicts 3000 years of Hispanic history, focusing on cross-cultural exchange of ideas. NHCC and ARTS Lab will create an interactive software application allowing users to explore the fresco, and through educational information embedded in the imagery, discover the dynamic nature of the humanities and their connection to Hispanidad. The asset will deploy on 2 interactive platforms: a digital dome presentation and a web-based viewer. The immersive dome piece will allow widespread audiences to view the fresco at actual scale and dive into details with high-resolution magnification; it will be distributed nationally and internationally to museums with fulldome theaters. The web-based viewer will allow self-guided exploration of the fresco.