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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

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Academic Paper

Title: Suburbanization and language change in Basque
Author: Bill Haddican
Institution: University of York
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Basque
Abstract: This article reports on a study of standardization and language change in the Basque town of Oiartzun. It presents apparent time evidence suggesting that, while certain local features are giving way to competing standard forms, other emblematic features of the local dialect are not undergoing change. It is argued that the absence of change in the case of emblematic local forms is related to community members' ambivalence toward recent economic and social changes in the town. In particular, in the spirit of Labov's Martha's Vineyard study, it is argued that younger Oiartzuners' retention of emblematic local forms is a way of staking a claim to a local identity undercut by recent housing development and suburbanization. In so doing, this article contributes to a growing body of work on the often unique behavior of emblematic local features in language change, particularly in speech communities undergoing rapid social and economic change.


This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 36, Issue 5.

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