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Title: Dialect Emergence in Waumandee English
Written By: David N. Ehrat
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=10911
Series Title: New German-American Studies / Neue Deutsch-Amerikanische Studien. Vol. 30
Description:

This book examines how a new dialect emerges. It is based on empirical
research carried out in Waumandee, Wisconsin, a small community set in a
linguistically uncharted territory in North America. Waumandee English is
influenced by the native languages of settlers who arrived from different
parts of Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Poland, Austria and Ireland.
Traditional dialectology augmented by sociolinguistic and psychological
parameters enables the reader to follow the path of current dialect
emergence in Waumandee English.

Contents:

Waumandee history - Immigrants - Choice and defense of traditional dialect
approach - Description of sample population - Setting up a questionnaire -
Language change mechanisms in Waumandee - Different parameters governing
the analysis - Ethnicity - Gender - Psychological factors of intercultural
language acquisition - Dialect emergence and how a dialect can be defined
against a standard -Family tree model and Wave Theory - Language contact in
Waumandee - Establishing a lingua franca - Diachronic results from
synchronic data - The dialect situation surrounding Waumandee - Vowel
sounds - Great Vowel Shift - Consonant sounds - Metathesis - Grimm's Law -
Hypercorrections - Sandhi forms - Overview over the progressing changes in
Waumandee English.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039109111
Pages: 214
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