The proceedings of the 8th International Dialectology and Geolinguistics Congress organized by the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) between the 14th and 18th of April 2015 have been published. The proceedings include information on variants, new methods and approaches towards linguistics and linguistic geography, statistics in stomatology studies, dialect dictionaries and atlases, the relationships between standard language and dialect, minority language and so forth. The congress was attended by 82 researchers from 17 different countries. 20 papers were featured in the proceedings book after being approved by the arbitration committee.
The editors of the book are Dr. Vugar Sultanzade, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Pehlivan and Prof. Dr. Astrid Van Nahl. The book features research on dialectology carried out by researches from countries including Japan, Austria, Turkey, Lithuania, Germany, Spain and Latvia. Amongst this research, Chitsuko Fukushima’s work on the re-classification of verb inflection in Japanese dialects and Genovaite Kaciuskiene’s work on how Lithuanian dialects are covered in school books are very gripping. In addition, Prof. Dr. Nurettin Demir’s work titled Aliefendi, Ankara, Tsengel ve Cuvasistan Orneginde Yirmi Birinci Yuzyilda Agizlar and Anna Stafecka’s work titled Latvian dialects in the 21st century: old and new borders present valuable information on the status of dialects in the 21st century. Maria Pilar Perea’s 20th century Catalan dialect dictionaries and Alexande Mankov’s studies on the Gammmalsvenskby dialect also present important contributions to the field of dialectology.
The book doesn’t only contain work pertaining to other countries. It also contains studies regarding Turkey’s dialects and the Turkish Cypriot dialect. One example of such a study is a study comparing blessings and curses in Turkish Cypriot dialect and Turkey’s dialects.
Source: Eastern Mediterranean University