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Functional Stability and Structural Levelling of Dialects [microform] : The Case of Maastricht / Anton M. Hagen and Henk Munstermann
Bib ID 5521411
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Hagen, Anton M
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1989 
17 p. 
Summary

A study investigated dialect change in a southern Netherlands city, where the dialect spoken is distant from Dutch in phonology, morphology, and lexicon. The dialect is commonly spoken in the city of Maastricht, and is not restricted to one social class. Subjects were 64 native inhabitants of Maastricht from three generations: older (over 55 years), middle (30-45 years), and younger (15-20). The relative prestige of the local dialect and its function as a symbol of local or regional identity was assessed with two measures, including: matched-guise and Likert-type scale. Dialect maintenance and shift on a functional level were investigated in two domain questionnaires, one on reported use and one on subjective suitability of dialect use in a number of situations. Results indicate that the functional loss of the dialect is not keeping pace with the structural loss, with clear differences found between generations. It is suggested that different forces are acting on the two aspects of dialect loss, and that once structural loss has gone so far that the dialect is only a regional style of the standard language, the dialect may become socially marked and lose most of its functions. This language situation and that of other traditional Western European dialect areas are characterized as ambiglossia rather than diglossia. (MSE)

Notes

ERIC Note: In: York Papers in Linguistics 14; see FL 018 786.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Diachronic Linguistics.  |  Dialect Studies.  |  Dialects.  |  Diglossia.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Language Maintenance.  |  Language Research.  |  Language Role.  |  Linguistic Theory.  |  Netherlands (Maastricht)
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.
Other authors/contributors Munstermann, Henk, author
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