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Mapping variation in Basque: The BiV database

Beatriz Fernández, Ane Berro, Iñigo Urrestarazu and Itziar Orbegozo
From the journal Linguistic Typology

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present the Euskara Bariazioan/Basque in Variation (BiV) database, a project launched by the Basque and Beyond (Bas&Be) research group. This open-access online database, available in both Basque and English versions, is intended to facilitate research on Basque morphosyntactic features that show cross-dialectal variation. Based on data obtained from questionnaires, the BiV provides the user with a description of each feature together with illustrative examples, and accompanies each entry with a map graphically depicting the distribution of variation. The resulting fine-grained picture of the distribution of morphosyntactic phenomena across Basque varieties has the ultimate goal of improving our understanding of the systematicities and connections that underlie variation. Thanks to its user-friendly format, the database can be used easily by anyone who is interested in Basque morphosyntax in particular and cross-linguistic variation in general. The results obtained thus far show that while some features have the same distribution across Basque varieties as that previously reported, others are spreading and thus have a wider geographical presence than has been described in the literature.

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and suggestions on a previous version of this paper. The authors also acknowledge the research funding received from the Basque Government (the research project IT665-13, and the predoctoral research grant PRE_2017_1_0280), and the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (PGC2018-096380-B-I00). The research leading to these results has also received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613465.

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Received: 2018-07-28
Accepted: 2018-09-25
Published Online: 2019-07-17
Published in Print: 2019-07-26

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