LINGUIST List 8.1180

Thu Aug 14 1997

Books: Dialectology

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Message 1: New Books: Dialectology

Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 09:38:02 -0400
From: Tony Schiavo <tonybenjamins.com>
Subject: New Books: Dialectology

John Benjamins Publishing would like to call your attention to the
following new titles in the field of Dialectology:


DIALECT DEATH
THE CASE OF BRULE SPANISH
Charles E Holloway
1997 x, 220 pp. Studies in Bilingualism, 13
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 547 8 Price: $69.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 4119 8 Price: Hfl. 120,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

The Brule Dwellers of Ascension Parish are descendants of Canary
Island immigrants who came to Louisiana in the late 1700s. A few
residents in and around the Ascension Parish area still speak an
archaic dialect of Spanish which is at the brink of linguistic
extinction. Because the Brule dialect is in the final stages of what
is commonly known as "language death", the case of Brule Spanish
presents an exciting opportunity to investigate commonly held
assumptions regarding the structural changes often associated with
vestigial languages. Its relative isolation from other dialects of
Spanish for over two hundred years serves as a sort of linguistic
"time capsule" which provides information that is relevant to critical
outstanding issues in Hispanic dialectology and historical
linguistics. In addition to examining these issues, documenting the
specific characteristics of Brule Spanish, and comparing Brule Spanish
with other modern Spanish dialects, this book presents a very
accessible introduction to the field of language death.


STANDARDS AND VARIATION IN URBAN SPEECH
SOME EXAMPLES FROM LOWLAND SCOTS
Ronald K.S. Macaulay
1997 x, 201 pp. Varieties of English Around the World, 20
US/Canada: Cloth: 1 55619 717 9 Price: US$64.00
Rest of the world: Cloth: 90 272 4878 8 Price: Hfl. 120,--
John Benjamins Publishing web site: http://www.benjamins.com
For further information via e-mail: servicebenjamins.com

Standards and Variation in Urban Speech is an examination and
exploration of the aims and methods of sociolinguistic investigation,
based on studies of Scottish urban speech. It criticially examines the
implications of the notions 'vernacular', 'standard language',
'Received Pronunciation', 'social class', and 'linguistic
insecurity'. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative
methods using examples from comedians' jokes, dialect poetry, formal
and informal interviews, and personal narratives, the work illustrates
the actual norms that speakers exemplify in various ways.

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John Benjamins North America e-mail: tonybenjamins.com
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