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Title: Past participles of strong verbs in Jutland Danish: A real-time study of regionalization and standardization
Author: Torben Juel Jensen
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Institution: University of Copenhagen
Author: Marie Maegaard
Institution: University of Copenhagen
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Danish
Abstract: The article presents a real-time study of standardization and regionalization processes with respect to the use of past participles of strong verbs in the western part of Denmark. Analyses of a large corpus of recordings of informants from two localities show that the use of the dialectal en form of the past participle suffix has been in decline during the last 30 years. The en forms are replaced by three other forms, one of which is (partly) dialectal, one regional and one standard Danish. The study indicates that a regionalization process has taken place prior to the time period studied, but that it has now been overtaken by a Copenhagen-based standardization process. The study also shows interesting differences between the two localities, arguably due to the geographical location and size, and to the status of the different participle forms in the traditional local dialects.


This article appears IN Nordic Journal of Linguistics Vol. 35, Issue 2.

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