Reconstructing Non-Standard Languages

A socially-anchored approach

ORCID logoLenore A. Grenoble | University of Chicago
ORCID logoJessica Kantarovich | University of Chicago
ISBN 9789027212573 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027257345 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Focusing on language contact involving Russian, and the linguistic varieties that emerged from that contact in different social settings, this book analyzes issues and methodologies in reconstructing both the linguistic effects of language contact and the social contexts of usage. In-depth analyses of Odessan Russian, a southern Russian contact variety with Yiddish and Ukrainian elements, and Russian lexifier pidgins illustrate the reconstruction process, which involves making the most of all available documentation, particularly literature and stereotypical descriptions. Historical sociolinguistics of this kind straddles the fields of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and contact; this book brings together the methods and theories of these areas to show how they can result in a rich reconstruction of linguistic and socially-conditioned variation. We reconstruct the circumstances and social settings that produced this variation, and demonstrate how to reconstruct which variants were used by different types of speakers under different circumstances, and what kinds of social identities they indexed.
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Reconstructing Non-Standard Languages provides a unique approach on the role of Russian language contact in the emergence of sociolectal varieties.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFB: Sociolinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009050: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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