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Project: A diachronic and spatial analytical approach to linguistic micro-variation in the Kikongo dialect continuum.

project duration
01/01/14 – 31/10/18
abstract
The proposed research project aims at: (a) identifying the broadest possible set of linguistic parameters along which Kikongo manifests micro-variation; (b) calculating linguistic distances between Kikongo varieties through computational techniques; (c) understanding how the Kikongo dialect continuum was shaped through time; (d) comprehending the role extra-linguistic phenomena played in the shaping of patterns of regional variation.