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The unruly dialect variant [a]: The case of the opening of (e) in the traditional Torsby dialect
Institute for Language and Folklore, Department of Dialectology, Onomastics and Folklore Research, Gothenburg.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3486-327X
Institute for Language and Folklore, Department of Dialectology, Onomastics and Folklore Research, Gothenburg.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1121-1255
2015 (English)In: Language Variation: European Perspectives VI / [ed] Isabelle Buchstaller, Leipzig: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015, Vol. 19, p. 99-111Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We investigate the realisation of the variable (e) (as either the dialect variant [a] or the standard variant [e]) in the Swedish county of Värmland, with special attention to the small rural village of Torsby. Our analysis shows that dialect variants that are infrequent in recordings made in this area in the 1940s are generally absent in data from 2011.  However, the dialect variant [a] does not follow this pattern. Even though it is used infrequently in some consonant contexts in the older data, it has increased significantly over the last 70 years, both language internally as well as in the speech community. Here, we present an acoustic analysis of the vowel pronunciation and discuss the social meaning this feature has in contemporary Torsby. 

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Leipzig: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015. Vol. 19, p. 99-111
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Studies in Language Variation, ISSN 1872-9592 ; 19
Keywords [en]
dialect change, dialect stability, sociophonetics, rural Sweden, vowel change, social meaning
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Dialectology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sprakochfolkminnen:diva-1626DOI: 10.1075/silv19.intLibris ID: 20816815ISBN: 9789027265579 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sprakochfolkminnen-1626DiVA, id: diva2:1296168
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The Eighth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 8), Leipzig, May 2015
Available from: 2019-03-14 Created: 2019-03-14 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved

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