Ethnic Styles of Speaking in European Metropolitan Areas

Friederike Kern | Bielefeld University
Margret Selting | University of Potsdam
ISBN 9789027234889 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027282538 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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In recent years, ethnic ways of speaking by young people with migrant background have become an important research object in sociolinguistics; work on these ways of speaking has been prospering in many European countries. This work is continued in the present volume, with the aim of bringing together various research designs which explore the phenomenon from different perspectives: correlational methodology of sociolinguistic research, conversation analytical and interactional linguistic methodology, and an ethnographic perspective on language use and the construction of social identities and social relations. The aim of the volume is to explore the scope of these different methodologies and to provide a basis for the discussion and evaluation of the theories of language variation associated with them. All papers focus on the description of the linguistic characteristics that constitute the non-standard structures of ethnic styles of speaking, and look into their various functions in discourse.
[Studies in Language Variation, 8] 2011.  vi, 321 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The emergence of new language varieties in multiethnic Europe has been attracting increasing public and scholarly attention in the last decade, and this volume offers a timely contribution to this field. Its main characteristics are its breadth of scope and the range of research approaches it brings together. The chapters examine empirical data from seven European countries, involving different sociolinguistic settings and language contact situations. They look at linguistic processes that range from prosody and grammatical variation to style-shifting, drawing on methods from correlational sociolinguistics, interactional linguistics, and linguistic ethnography. Taken together, the chapters demonstrate questions that can be asked and tools that can be used in understanding language and ethnicity relations in post-migration Europe. This is a volume bound to have an impact on this rapidly-developing research area.”
“This book offers a range of different, all important, perspectives on the recently developed youth styles which are becoming increasingly frequent and salient in (at least) urban Europe. The chapters provide well-documented insights into the features and the uses of these styles — plus a fascinating discussion of the terminology around them: Why are these styles becoming associated with ethnic minorities when their use is not particularly characteristic of minorities? This question — and many others — are treated here in-depth for the first time.”
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