Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages

| Dartmouth College
| Oklahoma State University
ISBN 9789027218643 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027289780 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Indigenous minority languages have played crucial roles in many areas of linguistics - phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, typology, and the ethnography of communication. Such languages have, however, received comparatively little attention from quantitative or variationist sociolinguistics. Without the diverse perspectives that underrepresented language communities can provide, our understanding of language variation and change will be incomplete. To help fill this gap and develop broader viewpoints, this anthology presents 21 original, fieldwork-based studies of a wide range of indigenous languages in the framework of quantitative sociolinguistics. The studies illustrate how such understudied communities can provide new insights into language variation and change with respect to socioeconomic status, gender, age, clan, lack of a standard, exogamy, contact with dominant majority languages, internal linguistic factors, and many other topics.
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Table of Contents
The lure of a distant horizon: Variation in indigenous minority languages
James N. Stanford and Dennis R. Preston
Part I. Variation in phonetics and phonology
1. The phonetic and phonological effects of obsolescence in Northern Paiute
Molly Babel
2. Diglossia and monosyllabization in Eastern Cham: A sociolinguistic study
Marc Brunelle
3. Affricates in Lleidatà: A sociophonetic case study
Josefina Carrera Sabaté
4. Sociolinguistic stratification and new dialect formation in a Canadian aboriginal community: Not so different after all?
Sandra Clarke
5. The changing sound of the Māori language
Ray Harlow, Peter Keegan, Jeanette King, Margaret Maclagan and Catherine I. Watson
6. Toward a study of language variation and change in Jonaz Chichimeco
Yolanda Lastra
7. A sociolinguistic sketch of vowel shifts in Kaqchikel: ATR-RTR parameters and redundancy markedness of syllabic nuclei in an Eastern Mayan language
Jean Leó Léonard and Cecilio Tuyuc Sucuc
8. Phonological features of attrition: The shift from Catalan to Spanish in Alicante
Brauli Montoya-Abat
9. Sociophonetic variation in urban Ewe
Kossi Noglo
10. Phonological variation in a Peruvian Quechua speech community
Michael Pasquale
11. A tale of two diphthongs in an indigenous minority language: Yami of Taiwan
Victoria Rau, Hui-Huan Ann Chang and Maa-Neu Dong
12. Phonological markedness, regional identity, and sex in Mayan: The fricativization of intervocalic /l/
Sergio Romero
13. The pronunciation of /r/ in Frisian: A comparative study with Dutch and Town Frisian
Renée van Bezooijen
Part II. Variation in syntax, morphology, and morphophonology
14. Language shift among the Mansi
Bernadett Bíró and Katalin Sipőcz
15. Fine-grained morphophonological variation in Scottish Gaelic: Evidence from the Linguistic Survey of Scotland
Anna Bosch and James Scobbie
16. Animacy in Bislama? Using quantitative methods to evaluate transfer of a substrate feature
Miriam Meyerhoff
17. The challenges of less commonly studied languages: Writing a sociogrammar of Faetar
Naomi Nagy
18. Language variation and change in a North Australian indigenous community
Carmel O'Shannessy
19. Ethnicity, bilingualism and variable clitic marking in Bishnupriya Manipuri
Shobha Satyanath and Nazrin B. Laskar
20. Clan as a sociolinguistic variable: Three approaches to Sui clans
James N. Stanford
21. Language loss in spatial semantics: Dene Sųłiné
Martin Thiering
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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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