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ERIC Number: ED467158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 19
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Two Patterns of Dialect Accommodation of Valais German Speakers in Berne.
Matter, Marc; Ziberi, Johanna
Travaux Neuchatelois de Linguistique (Tranel), n34-35 p185-201 Mar-Oct 2001
This article explores the modalities of accommodation of two dialectophones [speakers of a dialect] in the Haut-Valais [this is a regional place name], one of whom has lived in Berne, Switzerland for more than 20 years, the other for several years. By exploiting the notion of repertoire, the study focused on the greater or lesser convergence between the original varieties of the two informants and the Bearnaise variety of the Germanic dialect basing their study on phonetic observations obtained in informal conversational situations. The data show that there is no direct correlation among the language attitudes, the structure of the social networks of the informants and their linguistic behavior. Furthermore, the factors that are currently accepted in the literature as influencing language behaviors (age and gender) are not confirmed in these data. On the other hand, the phenomenon of accommodation seems to be sensitive to the conversational context and to the themes raised in the exchange. (Contains 31 references.) (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland