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The future of dialects: Selected papers from Methods in Dialectology XV

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Book Series: Language Variation ISBN: 9783946234180 9783946234197 9783946234203 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 411 + v DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_603313 Language: English
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Subject: Linguistics
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Traditional dialects have been encroached upon by the increasing mobility of their speakers and by the onslaught of national languages in education and mass media. Typically, older dialects are “leveling” to become more like national languages. This is regrettable when the last articulate traces of a culture are lost, but it also promotes a complex dynamics of interaction as speakers shift from dialect to standard and to intermediate compromises between the two in their forms of speech. Varieties of speech thus live on in modern communities, where they still function to mark provenance, but increasingly cultural and social provenance as opposed to pure geography. They arise at times from the need to function throughout the different groups in society, but they also may have roots in immigrants’ speech, and just as certainly from the ineluctable dynamics of groups wishing to express their identity to themselves and to the world.

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Sprachliche Imitation - Jiddisch in der deutschsprachigen Literatur (18.–20. Jahrhundert)

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Book Series: Language Variation ISBN: 9783946234791 9783946234807 9783946234784 Year: Pages: 413 + xvii DOI: 10.17169/langsci.b116.259 Language: German
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This book contains a study on fictional, imitated language. In detailed analyses it shows how Jewish figures were characterized through their language in German fiction (18th until early 20th century). It discloses which structures of this fictional language originate from the Yiddish language and which are reflexes of (the author's) orality. At the same time the study contains a comprehensive description of Western Yiddish and its grammatical structures, which are compared with German and Eastern Yiddish varieties.

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