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LINGUIST List 17.2960

Mon Oct 09 2006

Books: Sociolinguistics: Ngom

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Lexical Borrowings as Sociolinguistic Variables in Saint-Louis, Senegal: Ngom

Message 1: Lexical Borrowings as Sociolinguistic Variables in Saint-Louis, Senegal: Ngom
Date: 06-Oct-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Lexical Borrowings as Sociolinguistic Variables in Saint-Louis, Senegal: Ngom

Title: Lexical Borrowings as Sociolinguistic Variables in Saint-Louis,
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Sociolinguistics 05
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Fallou Ngom, Western Washington University
Paperback: ISBN: 3895863548 Pages: 198 Price: Europe EURO 60.00

Although lexical borrowing has always been a central topic in linguistic
research, its study has suffered from three major limitations: 1) It has
failed to consider social variations in patterns of borrowings. 2) It has
assumed a model of two languages in contact. 3) Researchers mostly collect
data from communities regardless of the social strata, the political and
ideological motivations of the subjects, and conclusions are generalized to
the whole community.

This study challenges these assumptions by using a quantitative and
qualitative approach to study lexical borrowing in a socially diverse
multilingual community, the northern and Southern districts of Saint-Louis,
Senegal. In so doing, I explore new methodological and theoretical terrain
with broad implications for future research since the vast majority of the
world's population today lives in such socially and linguistically diverse
communities where language use is often socially,
politically or ideologically conditioned.

The primary goal of this research is to demonstrate that in post-colonial
francophone multilingual societies such as Saint-Louis, Senegal, loans and
the linguistic incorporation processes that accompany them are
sociolinguistic variables. This study sheds light on the linguistic nature
and the social, cultural, historical, political and ideological importance
of lexical borrowing in the multilingual Saint-Louisian speech community in
particular and sub-Saharan African communities in general (where
multilingualism is the norm).

By means of a quantitative and qualitative methodology, the study
demonstrates that there are strong relationships between lexical borrowings
and age groups in multilingual communities, and that linguistic processes
that go along with lexical borrowings also follow the same pattern.
Finally, this study contributes to our understanding of how linguistic,
cultural, political and ideological systems around the world articulate
with one another through lexical borrowing in both pragmatic and
theoretical ways. It also gives us a deeper understanding of the actual
linguistic, social, political and ideological nature of lexical borrowings,
and provides empirical methodology to future quantitative and qualitative
studies of lexical borrowing in the field of linguistics, sociolinguistics
and linguistic anthropology. Above all, this study provides a window on the
abiding theoretical problem of the study of lexical borrowings as
sociolinguistic variables.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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