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LINGUIST List 18.2058

Sun Jul 08 2007

Books: Sociolinguistics: López

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Attitudinal Factor in Language Planning: López

Message 1: The Attitudinal Factor in Language Planning: López
Date: 04-Jul-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Attitudinal Factor in Language Planning: López

Title: The Attitudinal Factor in Language Planning
Subtitle: The Valencian Situation
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Romance Linguistics 54
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Manuel Triano López
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895861413 Pages: 133 Price: Europe EURO 52.00

A number of researchers have argued that speakers' attitudes mediate the
outcome of language-planning measures. This study aims to contribute to the
literature by exploring the role of attitudes in purism, a
language-planning orientation which seeks to preserve a language from
putative foreign items. More specifically, the study focuses on Valencian,
a dialect of Catalan spoken in eastern Spain. The colloquial register of
this variety is heavily Castilianized at the lexical level, despite two
decades of governmental action aimed at reducing the number of Spanish
borrowings (also known as Castilianisms).

A strong relationship between Valencian speakers' attitudes and their
linguistic behavior (ie, their use of either Castilianisms or native
equivalents) would direct local planners to heed speakers' attitudes as a
prerequisite to the success of lexical de-Castilianization. The author
analyzes attitudinal and behavioral data from 80 Valencian-speaking
subjects and discusses the implications of the results for language
planning in the area.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Catalan-Valencian-Balear (cat)

Written In: English (eng )

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