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Title: Language Change on the Dutch Frisian Island of Ameland Linguistic and sociolinguistic findings
Written By: Mathilde Jansen
Series Title: LOT dissertation series
Description:

This book describes the role of social and socio-psychological factors in the
process of dialect levelling. The political history of the Frisian Islands - which
have changed hands between Holland and Friesland in the course of history -
is still visible in its language varieties, as the dialects of Ameland and
Terschelling are so-called mixed dialects: they contain both Dutch and Frisian
elements, where the Dutch comes from the dialect that used to be spoken in
the province of Holland.

In this thesis, we study the present-day development of the mixed dialect
spoken on Ameland. The influence of the surrounding standard languages on
the dialects is measured on different linguistic levels, i.e. phonology and
morphology. By comparing the dialect competence and obtaining data from
three generations of dialect speakers the degrees of language maintenance
and language loss will be assessed. The influence of both the Dutch and
Frisian standard language is taken into account. One of the central questions
is whether horizontal (cross-dialectal) convergence or vertical convergence
(towards the Frisian or Dutch standard) is dominant in the levelling process.

Do the islanders react against the huge numbers of tourists visiting the island
each year? Attitude data will be adduced to focus on the individual language
user. The attitudes towards the dialect and the surrounding standard
languages may influence the process of dialect change.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Frisian, Northern
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930164