VOWELS OF GREEK DIALECTS: PHONETIC AND PHONOLOGICAL ANALYSIS, DIALECT INDEX CONSTRUCTION, AND DIFFUSION OF RESULTS THROUGH EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL

Abstract: 

The proposed project has three major aims:

  • to provide a comprehensive description and analysis of the vowel systems of several Modern Greek dialects at a phonetic and phonological level. To this end, it uses robust methodology including phonetic experimental techniques for the acoustic, articulatory (electropalatographic) and perceptual analyses of vowel data, statistical processing of data and interpretation of results within the framework of current phonetic and phonological theories;
  • to provide an updatable database and a glotto-geographic index that will facilitate the presentation of collected data. It will allow browsing through a dialect index, a sounds/phenomena index and an interactive map with multiple levels of detail;
  • to disseminate the findings to schools and universities with the aim to raise awareness of the existence, value and status of Modern Greek dialects.

To this end, printed and electronic educational materials including audio CDs will be designed for different levels of education. Research is organized in seven work-packages constituting of bibliographical overview, design of fieldwork, data collection and processing (total of 60 speakers in six dialectal areas), data analyses, development of technological applications, research results and publications, verification, testing and integration of technological applications.

At a theoretical level, the results of this research are expected to shed light to hypotheses accounting for differences in the distribution of vowels in the vowel space e.g. Maximal Dispersion Hypothesis vs proposals that include other explanatory parameters such as selected sociolinguistic mechanisms of language change.

At an applied level, web-based tools and educational materials will facilitate general public awareness on the value of dialects and promote further research.

Project info

Acronym:
VOCALECT
Coordinating Institution:
University of Ioannina
Scientific Coordinator:
Baltazani Mary
Research Team 2 Leader:
Kappa Ioanna
Research Team 3 Leader:
Mikros George

Stats

I.D.:
1245
Mis:
379396
Duration (months):
44
Budget:
600 000.00
Diavgeia:
ΑΔΑ: Β4Λ59-50Ε

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