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ERIC Number: ED519310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 210
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-2531-9
From Opfer to Gangsta: The Evolving Linguistic Representations of Turkish-Germans in the Media
Byrd, Brenna Reinhart
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
This dissertation investigates the media's portrayal of the linguistic situation of the predominantly Turkish migrant communities in Germany by analyzing data gathered from films, television clips, interviews, radio clips and the Internet, paying specific attention to the vowel systems of each speaker. I observe that the most salient aspect in representations of Migrant Worker German (MWG) is a reduced syntax and morphology, while the most salient aspect of representations of Stylized Turkish German (STG), a "resistance vernacular" used by urban migrant youth, is a Turkish-influenced phonology. I argue that these stylized features are specifically marked in the media as the speech of criminal, violent, and macho migrant youth, and that this image is in direct opposition to the early media representations of the migrant workers as naive victims. Later representations also further strengthen the ties between the immigrant and hip hop communities though repeated portrayals of hip hop language as containing features identical (or at least, extremely similar) to those present in STG. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Turkey