Diminutives and their variation in spoken interaction in urban areas
The Austrian case
In order to understand the linguistic dynamics within urban language use, all linguistic levels have to be considered in empirical analyses. This paper addresses the morphological level, analysing the use of diminutives in Vienna and Graz and their surroundings. In Austria, diminutives cover a wide range of suffixes, where certain forms correlate with different degrees of formality and can tendentially be linked to diverging levels on the scale between dialect and standard. By analysing data from two corpora, the paper investigates tendencies of dialect levelling and potential differences between the two urban areas. The results point to the significance not only of the examined parameter place of residence, but also of age and gender when it comes to identifying motors of linguistic change and dialect levelling.
- 2.Linguistic situation
- 3.Diminutive suffixes and research questions
- 4.1Corpora and analytical procedure
- 5.1Multivariate analyses of individual diminutive suffixes
- 5.2Diatopic view: Vienna and Graz and their surroundings
- 5.3Diastratic view: Distribution by gender
- 5.4Diastratic view: Distribution by age
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