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LINGUIST List 17.679

Fri Mar 03 2006

Qs: Young People's Varieties; Media Discourse-Spanish

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        1.    Claire Bowern, Young People's Varieties
        2.    Gonzalo Martínez Camino, Discourse in Spanish-Speaking-World Media

Message 1: Young People's Varieties
Date: 02-Mar-2006
From: Claire Bowern <bowernrice.edu>
Subject: Young People's Varieties

There are reports for a number of Australian languages (Tiwi, Dyirbal,
Gurindji, Warlpiri, Djambarrpuyngu, etc) of intensive aged-based variation
- that is, that the speech of young people differs in many respects from
that of older generations in syntax, morphology and often also lexicon.
Some of the differences can be attributed to contact with English (e.g.
preference for SVO constituent order over free order) but others can't.

I am looking for references and reports of similar ''young people's
varieties'' from elsewhere in the world.

I will provide a summary of responses.

Thanks in advance,
Claire Bowern

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Message 2: Discourse in Spanish-Speaking-World Media
Date: 03-Mar-2006
From: Gonzalo Martínez Camino <gonzalo.martinezunican.es>
Subject: Discourse in Spanish-Speaking-World Media

Dear Colleagues:

My name is Gonzalo Martínez Camino. I am a Professor at
Universidad de Cantabria (Spain). Currently, I am working with
a group of linguists from different Spanish universities on
the language that is used in the media in the Spanish speaking
world. We are just starting with this project and we want,
first of all, to build up our corpus. In order to do that, we
have chosen six countries: Argentine, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador,
Mexico, and Spain. We would like to collect the following
types of materials:

1) Talk shows where young people appear talking freely and
spontaneously (jovenes que hablan espontáneamente).

2) Talk shows where SMS messages are used.

3) TV and radio advertising (primetime).

4) Magazines for young people (revistas especializadas en un
público joven).

5) Newspapers and other publications that are distributed to
the university community without charge (Prensa
universitaria de distribución gratuita)

6) Newspapers (quality and popular press)

7) Classified ads that appear in any of the types of
publications cited above (Anuncios por palabras que
aparezcan en cualquier tipo de prensa citado

I would appreciate it very much if someone could tell me how I
can collect these materials during the second half of May in
the above mentioned five Latin American countries.

Thank you very much.

Gonzalo Martínez Camino
Dpto. de Filología
Univ. de Cantabria

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

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