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LINGUIST List 17.1573

Mon May 22 2006

Books: Phonetics/Phonology/Socioling: Smakman

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        1.    Keetje van den Heuvel, Standard Dutch in the Netherlands: Smakman


Message 1: Standard Dutch in the Netherlands: Smakman
Date: 22-May-2006
From: Keetje van den Heuvel <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Standard Dutch in the Netherlands: Smakman


Title: Standard Dutch in the Netherlands
Subtitle: A Sociolinguistic and Phonetic Description
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2006
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl

Author: Dick Smakman, Center for Language Studies
Electronic: ISBN: 9789078328049 Pages: 378 Price: U.S. $ 0.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328049 Pages: 378 Price: Europe EURO 29.45
Abstract:

Standard Dutch in the Netherlands has been subject to lively scholarly
debate since its rise in the 15th and 16th Century. Lay beliefs have
received relatively little attention in this ongoing discussion. This
dissertation presents the first extensive description of these beliefs. It
focuses on pronunciation, the most critical criterion to determine the
degree of standardness of language.

The results show that Standard Dutch is, first and foremost, perceived as
correct, non-regional, and as a modern-day lingua franca. A side-effect of
the special position of Standard Dutch is its unnaturalness. The type of
Dutch as it was spoken in the 1950s seems to constitute a sentimental norm,
which is no longer active as a living model. The language norm adapts to
changes in society.

Pronunciation descriptions from the 19th and 20th Century focus on a set of
phonemes that are subject to realisational variation and to controversy. We
found that (g) has settled down as a uvular voiceless fricative, regardless
of phonetic/phonological position. Coda (r), on the other hand, has
unpredictable realisations. It is suggested that force of articulation is
more important than actual place and manner of articulation for this (r).
Furthermore, the diphthongs of the conservative type of Standard Dutch
described in this dissertation seem relatively untouched by the
first-element lowering tendencies that recent literature mentions.

These and other findings may guide foreign learners of Dutch in their
language-learning choices. Furthermore, this research has added to the
debate on language norms and attitudes, particularly in connection with
language standardisation.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
                            Phonology
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng )

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