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ERIC Number: ED184376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Some Aspects of Semantic Change in a Speech Community. Proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.
Hathaway, Luise Hertrich
The semantic change which has occurred in an Austrian community over the past seventy-five years is examined. The study is based on a comparison of an 1897 word list, sound inventory, and phonograph recording with 1973 recordings of sixty informants from four age groups and five socioeconomic strata. In Inmst, the development from an agriculturally-oriented town to an industrial trade center created social and linguistic splits in the community. Three social dialects emerged: full dialect, half dialect, and regional dialect. Half dialect offers the richest source for an examination of semantic change. Semantic change is manifested in semantic splits, pejoration, lexicalization, and obsolescence. These semantic changes occur together with the development of the social dialects and are dependent on the users' attitudes toward them. Thus, semantic variations in the speech community are assigned differing social values that change with time depending on pragmatics and affective variables. Despite the development of the different speech styles, there is a strong tendency to bridge the gaps in order to maximize communication. (PMJ)
Berkeley Linguistics Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($8.20 for entire Proceedings)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (3rd, Berkeley, CA, February 19-21, 1977)