Bookcover of Sociolinguistic Variation and Attitudes towards Language Behaviour
Booktitle:

Sociolinguistic Variation and Attitudes towards Language Behaviour

Tlemcen Speech Community, an Algerian Context

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2012-05-23 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-659-13063-2

ISBN-10:
365913063X
EAN:
9783659130632
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Interaction between social factors and language use is clearly detectable in all types of society, though different speech communities will display different characteristics in relation to the nature and status of the languages at play. Following the variationist paradigm and by means of quantitative and qualitative approaches, this research work examines a wide range of issues that pervade today's Algerian language practices, while attempting to analyse the intricacies of a multi-dimensional linguistic configuration. In addition to dialectal variation, diglossia and bilingualism are two linguistic phenomena that may be seen as part of the Algerian social identity. The use of French, Standard Arabic or mixing and switching languages are not random, but patterned on the basis of communicative competence and language choice governed by social factors and settings. From a social-psychological perspective, this work shows how attitudes play a crucial role in the maintenance or shift of a language or dialect. The strong stigmatisation of Tlemcen speech has led to negative reactions, particularly among young male speakers and may eventually result in dramatic linguistic changes.
Publishing house:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Website:
https://www.lap-publishing.com/
By (author) :
Zoubir Dendane
Number of pages:
308
Published on:
2012-05-23
Stock:
Available
Category:
General and comparative linguistics
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
language attitudes, sociolinguistic variation; Arabic diglossia; bilingualism, dialect interference

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