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LINGUIST List 16.1710

Sun May 29 2005

Qs: Diglossia and Lang Attitude; Medical Genre

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        1.    Heiko Wiggers, the High-variety in diglossia
        2.    Eszter Molnar, Medical Genre Analysis

Message 1: the High-variety in diglossia
Date: 29-May-2005
From: Heiko Wiggers <wiggersheikohotmail.com>
Subject: the High-variety in diglossia

Dear all,

I have a question concerning diglossia. I have conducted a sociolinguistic
field study on the state of Low German (Plattdeutsch) in 2003. In my target
area, Low German serves as the L-variety, and Standard German as the H-variety.
I also included in my study 35 H-speakers, i.e. they either grew up in the area
or have been living there longer than 15 years but do not speak the L-variety.
I asked them about their attitudes toward Low German (the L-variety), and the
results are surprisingly positive, considering that in diglossic speech
communities, the L-variety enjoys usually a lot less prestige than the H-variety
(e.g. almost 70% of my informants stated that hearing the L-variety makes them
feel comfortable, and more than 80% stated that the L-variety should be
reinforced in the local schools).

My question is: have there been similar studies where the speakers of the
H-variety in diglossia were interviewed, specifically with regards to their
attitudes toward the L-variety? Are the results usually that positive? Could
anyone point me to similar studies (including author, journal, year, etc.)?
Thanks for your help.


Heiko Wiggers
Undergraduate Instructor of German and Dutch
Department of Germanics
University of Texas, Austin

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s):

German, Standard (GER)
Plautdietsch (GRN)
Message 2: Medical Genre Analysis
Date: 29-May-2005
From: Eszter Molnar <claddaghringgirlyahoo.com>
Subject: Medical Genre Analysis

Dear Linguist Listers,

I am Eszter Molnar from the Foreign Languages Dept. of
the Medical Faculty of the University of Pecs in Hungary. I need help
in genre analysis: I am looking for information on the genre characteristics
of patient information, case studies, and hospital documents (referral,
discharge papers, notification etc.)

I do not know were I can find these. Perhaps there are
some books which are available in our country as well.

Thank you for your help in advance.


Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

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