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Query Details

Query Subject:   Endangered Language Breakdown
Author:   Serena Crivellaro
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Discourse Analysis

Query:   In studying the syntax of an endangered language with a very fragmented
speech community, I have come to notice that the syntax varies across
informants, demonstrating a disintegration of the language into a several
separate extremely restricted dialects (almost idiolects).

Different informants would produce the same sentence with an underlying L1
syntax, and then 'switch' into L2 syntax in specific clauses (not unlike
codeswitching). This syntactic mutation was regular within a speaker
(always occurred in the same environment) but varied across speakers.

I would be interested in knowing whether anyone had heard or noticed a
similar situation in other languages, or could direct me towards relevant
(non-codeswitching) literature on the topic.

Thank you.
LL Issue: 16.2688
Date posted: 19-Sep-2005


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