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LINGUIST List 17.3519

Tue Nov 28 2006

Books: Sociolinguistics: Reese

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Swiss German: Reese


Message 1: Swiss German: Reese
Date: 14-Nov-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Swiss German: Reese


Title: Swiss German
Subtitle: The modern Alemannic vernacular in and around Zurich
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 462
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Johannes Reese
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895864971 Pages: 87 Price: Europe EURO 42.00
Abstract:

The "German"-speaking part of Switzerland (almost two thirds of the
population) is notorious for its diglossia. The written language is
Standard German with few regional specialties, the everyday language is an
Alemannic dialect; each village has its own. In recent years, there is a
koineization process going on, with a gravitation center around Zurich. The
dialects are becoming more similar to each other than they used to be. So,
it may now be justified to summarize them as "Swiss German," although there
is no uniform language to expect over the next decades.

Maybe the continuing diversity and rapid change are some of the reasons why
these dialects have seldom been described to people unfamiliar with either
one of them or at least Standard German. Few of the existing works make use
of modern linguistic devices like IPA either.

The present booklet shall provide a concise overview of Swiss German as it
is spoken today in the Zurich area. It covers phonology, morphology, the
TAM and Aktionsart system, and syntax.

A recently recorded text is included, too. In the course of the chapters,
some peculiarities are presented that haven't appeared in the literature so
far: e. g., the satellite-framed character of the language is the base of
the phenomenon of multi-valent verbs, and in connection with the famous
reduplicative verb construction, which is unique to Alemannic, it accounts
for the so-called "absentive" in Germanic languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): German, Standard (deu)

Written In: English (eng )

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