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Query Details


Query Subject:   Language Variation/Dialects
Author:   Faisa Amadan
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics

Query:   I am planning to write a paper on the linguistic situation in Syria. I noticed that
people at the capital use different dialects at different situations. its not like
diglossia. people around here shift between dialects depending on the
situation/interlocutor and there seems no one High variety in contrast to many
low ones. I thought heteroglossia probably. Anyways. How to study this
situation? and what references/similar situations/ theories.. etc that relate to this
situation do you kindly suggest to me to get started with?
LL Issue: 22.3963
Date posted: 11-Oct-2011



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