Urban Matters

Current approaches in variationist sociolinguistics

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| University of Graz
| University of Graz
| Philipps University of Marburg
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The city as a complex socio-cultural structure plays a central role, economically, administratively as well as culturally. Factors such as higher population density, a more expansive infrastructure, and larger social and cultural diversity compared to rural areas have a substantial impact on urban society and urban communication.

Focusing on the latter, the contributions to this volume discuss the characteristics and dynamics of urban language use, considering aspects such as contact, variation and change, as well as identity, indexicality, and attitudes, but also spatial factors including mobility, urbanisation/counterurbanisation, and diffusion processes.

The collected articles provide an update of ‘first wave’ approaches of variationist sociolinguistics, but also establish a connection to ‘third wave’ research for readers from a broad range of fields, especially sociolinguistics, variationist linguistics, and dialectology. The book presents modern methodological and conceptual ideas and a wealth of new findings but also serves as a reference work, combining theoretical discussions with results from recent empirical studies.
[Studies in Language Variation, 27]  2021.  x, 280 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
Arne Ziegler, Stefanie Edler and Georg Oberdorfer
viii–ix
Introduction
Paul Kerswill
2–7
The sociolinguistic city
Barbara Johnstone
10–25
Identity and mobility in linguistic change across the lifespan: The case of Swabian German
Karen V. Beaman
28–60
Urban/suburban contact as stylized social practice
Daniel Duncan
62–87
Counterurbanisation, dialect contact and the levelling of non-salient traditional dialect variants: The case of the front short vowels in Eastern England
David Britain and Sarah Grossenbacher
90–118
Language attitudes among mobile speakers: Evidence from Italian speakers living abroad
Stefania Marzo, Silvia Natale and Stefano De Pascale
120–140
Urban-rural dimensions to variable -body/-one : The case of Ontario, Canada
Bridget L. Jankowski and Sali A. Tagliamonte
142–158
From an indicator to a marker: Urban dialect loss in Michigan
Monica Nesbitt
160–177
New and old social meanings in urban and rural Sweden: The changing indexicalities of damped /i/
Jenny Nilsson, Lena Wenner, Therese Leinonen and Eva Thorselius
180–202
Diminutives and their variation in spoken interaction in urban areas: The Austrian case
Arne Ziegler, Georg Oberdorfer and Kristina Herbert
204–225
Areal microvariation in German-speaking urban areas (Ruhr Area, Berlin, and Vienna)
Simon Pröll, Stephan Elspass and Simon Pickl
228–251
Testing models of diffusion of morphosyntactic innovations in Twitter data
Deepthi Gopal, Tam Blaxter, David Willis and Adrian Leemann
254–278
Index
279
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009050 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021041988 | Marc record