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Dialect contact in a Southern Basque town

Haddican, B. (2003) Dialect contact in a Southern Basque town. Language Variation and Change, 15 (1). pp. 1-35. ISSN 0954-3945

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Abstract

This article describes five dialect-based changes in progress in the Southern Basque town of Oiartzun. Based on data collected in sociolinguistic interviews with thirteen local Basque speakers, this article examines dialectal variation in elements chosen from different parts of the grammar: two lexical items, two morphosyntactic alternations on auxiliary verbs, and a phonological process, apheresis. In particular, several claims are made about dialect contact in Oiartzun. Strong apparent-time evidence exists that four out of five of these elements are undergoing change. Older speakers tend toward forms characteristic of dialects to the east of Oiartzun, whereas younger speakers prefer western forms. In each case, male speakers appear to be leading the process of change; men show significantly higher frequencies of incoming western forms than women. The data, however, provide little support for the hypothesis that the recently introduced Basque literary standard has influenced young people's vernacular.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2009 17:12
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2009 17:12
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954394503151010
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0954394503151010
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6948

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