Article published in:Stability and Divergence in Language Contact: Factors and Mechanisms
Edited by Kurt Braunmüller, Steffen Höder and Karoline Kühl
[Studies in Language Variation 16] 2014
► pp. 239–264
The Bergen dialect splits in two
An extensive sociolinguistic study in 1978 demonstrated a levelling of the high- and low-status varieties of the Bergen dialect, and the two centres of Fana and Bergen within this municipality showed the same linguistic tendencies. A parallel study of recordings from 2010 reveals that the sociolinguistic variation within each of the centres have continued decreasing, but the dialect in each of the two centres develops in different directions in essential features. This dialect split seems to be an effect of a corresponding long-lasting difference in social welfare between these two parts of the municipality. Various language attitudes have been studied without disclosing any obvious explanatory differences.
Published online: 26 November 2014
2014 Molde bymål. Ein kvantitativ korrelasjonsstudie i verkeleg tid. MA thesis, University of Bergen, Bergen.
Talebanken = a sociolinguistic data corpus, cf. Helge Sandøy: Talebanken ved LLE, UiB. Ei orientering. (http://folk.uib.no/hnohs/DEP/Om_TB.pdf)