Hilton, Nanna Haug (2010) Regional Dialect Levelling and Language Standards: Changes in the HÃ¸nefoss Dialect. PhD thesis, University of York.
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This is a sociolinguistic investigation of regional dialect levelling and the role that standardised language plays for this particular type of dialect change. This study combines a quantitative variationist investigation of linguistic variation and change in East Norwegian cities HÃ¸nefoss and Oslo with experimental and qualitative studies of attitudinal data in HÃ¸nefoss. The aim of the study is to shed light on the role that standard language ideologies play for loss of localised dialects. Varieties of East Norwegian spoken in the small city HÃ¸nefoss and the capital city Oslo are becoming increasingly alike. Oslo speech is an influential factor in the loss in HÃ¸nefoss of local linguistic variants in variables 3pl personal pronouns and <rd>. The force behind the regional dialect levelling is not the Oslo dialect only, however. Overt and covert attitudinal data show that the influence is twofold and that the codified written variety of Norwegian, BokmÃ¥l, largely influences speakersâ€™ usage of local variants for linguistic variables stress in loanwords and plural definite article suffixes. The investigation considers linguistic ideals that speakers link to codification of language (correctness), education or the capital city and attest that language that can be linked to all these ideals is becoming more widely used in the East Norway region. Speech that can be linked to the codified variety BokmÃ¥l is an overt as well as a covert ideal to speakers in HÃ¸nefoss. Covert positive attitudes towards speech from Oslo are also found. This study shows that the social and political context of language must be taken into account in the study of loss of linguistic features. The social meaning of language is crucial in informing us about the social mechanisms behind dialect change.
|Item Type:||Thesis (PhD)|
|Keywords:||Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Standard Language Ideologies, Norwegian, Prosody, Phonetics, Morpho-syntactic variation|
|Department:||The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)|
|Deposited By:||Ms Nanna Haug Hilton|
|Deposited On:||05 Aug 2010 15:45|
|Last Modified:||05 Aug 2010 15:45|
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