Edited by Norval Smith, Tonjes Veenstra and Enoch O. Aboh
[Contact Language Library 57] 2020
► pp. 341–364
Sociolinguistic enregisterment through languagecultural practices
This chapter will explore the effects of the sociolinguistic enregisterment of Heerlen Dutch in the carnivalesque summer song Naar Talië/Naar Talia ‘To (I)taly’, performed and uploaded onto YouTube by a band called the Getske Boys. The Getske Boys is a group of three male performers who, by selecting a particular set of linguistic forms from dialect, Dutch, in-betweens, Italian and English, work to enregister these as local to Heerlen-Noord and the speech of the coal miners who once lived there. Their selection of specific co-occurring forms is based on perceived past patterns of co-occurrences: an experiential knowledge, accumulated over the years, of the indexical ties between linguistic forms, specific (groups of) people and a specific place.
- 2.The sociolinguistic context
- 3.The peripherality of Limburg
- 4.The Getske Boys and their audiences
- 5.The Getske Boys, social type and place-making on Facebook: Heerle-Noord Ouwhoer
- 6.The lyrics of Naar Talia/Talië (2010)
- 7.The linguistic forms
- 7.1Parodying how they write in Heerlen-Noord
- 7.2Parodying how they speak by Naar Talia
- 7.3Co-occurrence of unexpected forms and repetition
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