Volume 14, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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SUMMARYAlthough Bloomfield published only one article and one book-review devoted specifically to dialectology, the study of dialects and their function in human communication was fundamental in his work. In his 1933 Language, four chapters deal in part or in whole with dialectology: 3, "Speech-communities", 19, "Dialect Geography", 22, "Fluctuation in Frequency of Forms"; and 27, "Dialect Borrowing". In these, he drew extensively on the work of his predeccessors, especially on that of G.G. Kloeke in the Dutch-Flemish area. Furthermore, he made a major, though badly neglected, contribution to the analysis of dialects, by advocating and applying (in his article "Initial [k-] in German", Language 14.178-186 [1938] a phonemic rather than a phonetic approach to the delimitation of dialect-areas and their historical interpretation.RÉSUMÉBien que Bloomfield n'ait publie, au sujet de la dialectologie, qu'un seul article et un compte-rendu, I'etude des dialectes et de leur fonction dans la communication humaine joua un role central dans son oevure. Dans son livre Language (1933), il y a quatre chapitres qui traitent (en partie ou totalement) la dialectologie: 2, "Les communautes linguistiques"; 19, "La geographie dialectale"; 22, "La fluctuation dans la frequences des formes"; et 27, "L'emprunt dialectal". Dans ces chapitres, Bloomfield puisa beau-coup dans les etudes de ses predecesseurs, surtout dans les etudes du dialec-tologue G.G. Kloeke sur l'aire hollandaise-flamande. En outre, dans son article "[k-] initial en allemand", Language 14.178-186 [1938]), il fit une contribution qui est tres importante (bien qu'elle ait ete negligee par les theoriciens) a I'etude des dialectes. Dans cet article, il preconisa et appliqua une approche phonematique (non pas phonetique) a la delimitation des aires dialectales et a leur interpretation historique.


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