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Dialects converging : rural speech in urban Norway

Author: Paul Kerswill
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Series: Oxford studies in language contact.
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Recent models of dialect contact, notably in the work of Trudgill, Chambers, James Milroy, and Labov have stressed the importance of the notions of salience, simplification, linguistic complexity, and the speech community in accounting for the patterns that arise. In this case-study of the speech of rural migrants in the Norwegian city of Bergen, Paul Kerswill critically examines the usefulness of these concepts,
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kerswill
ISBN: 0198248261 9780198248262
OCLC Number: 30318626
Description: xi, 181 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Language Contact and Language Change: Linguistic and Social Issues --
1.1. Introduction: migrants as agents of change. 1.2. Processes and results in language and dialect contact. 1.3. Interaction of sociocultural and linguistic factors in language and dialect contact. 1.4. Linguistic minorities and the sociolinguistic system --
2. Social and Linguistic Background. 2.1. Bergen and Strilelander. 2.2. Nynorsk, bokmal, and the status of non-standard speech. 2.3. Linguistic background. 2.4. Differences between Stril and Bergen dialects --
3. Social Variation and Data Collection. 3.1. On establishing relevant social parameters. 3.2. Social variation among Stril migrants. 3.3. Data collection --
4. The Linguistic Variables. 4.1. Quantifying morpho-lexical variation. 4.2. Schwa-lowering. 4.3. Tonemicity --
5. Correlating Social Parameters and Linguistic Variables. 5.1. Reducing the number of social parameters. 5.2. Social correlates of the morpho-lexical index.
Series Title: Oxford studies in language contact.
Responsibility: Paul Kerswill.
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How and why do adults modify their language when they move to a new area? In this detailed study of rural dialect users who have moved to the Norwegian city of Bergen, Paul Kerswill throws light on  Read more...

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