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ERIC Number: EJ861996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Foundations of Language Perceptions and the Role of External Factors: A Norwegian Case
Rosstad, Rune
Language Awareness, v18 n2 p96-112 May 2009
Non-linguists' perceptions of language in use are generally considered to be strongly influenced by evaluative factors: attitudes, values and ideology. Such a perspective represents a somewhat biased approach to ordinary people's knowledge about language, which is characteristic of both sociolinguistics and its sub-branch, perceptual dialectology. This paper presents an alternative approach, which comprised interviewing 44 Norwegian informants about language spoken locally. The data from the interviews suggests that external (i.e. non-mental) factors play a prominent role in the formation of their perceptions of language. Firstly, observations of language in use seem to be of great importance to that formation, and secondly, the informants' perceptions may be seen in light of the production of knowledge in the local community. Based on the discussion of these findings, a tentative model of the foundations of language perceptions is presented. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway