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Academic Paper


Title: Variation in Faroese and the development of a spoken standard: In search of corpus evidence
Author: Remco Knooihuizen
Institution: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Faroese
Abstract: Although Faroese exhibits extensive linguistic variation and rapid social change, the language is near-uncharted territory in variationist sociolinguistics. This article discusses some recent social changes in Faroese society in connection with language change, focusing in particular on the development of a de facto spoken standard, Central Faroese. Demographic mobility, media and education may be contributing to this development in different ways. Two linguistic variables are analysed as a first step towards uncovering the respective roles of standardisation, dialect levelling and dialect spread as contributing processes in the formation of Central Faroese: morphological variation in -st endings and phonological variation in -ir and -ur endings. The analysis confirms previously described patterns of geographically constrained variation, but no generational or stylistic differences indicative of language change are found, nor are there clear signs that informants use Central Faroese. The results may in part be due to the structure of the corpus used.

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This article appears IN Nordic Journal of Linguistics Vol. 37, Issue 1.

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