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Areal analysis of language attitudes and practices: A case study from Nepal

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Title: Areal analysis of language attitudes and practices: A case study from Nepal
Authors: Hildebrandt, Kristine A.
Hu, Shunfu
Issue Date: 01 Jun 2017
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Hildebrandt, Kristine A. and Shunfu Hu. 2017. Areal analysis of language attitudes and practices: A case study from Nepal. In Hildebrandt, Kristine A., Carmen Jany, and Wilson Silva. (Eds) Documenting Variation in Endangered Languages. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 13. [PP 152-179] Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication
Abstract: This paper has two aims. One aim is to consider non-structural (language attitude and use) variables as valid in the field of dialect and linguistic geography in an inner Himalayan valley of Nepal, where four languages have traditionally co-existed asymmetrically and which demonstrate different degrees of vitality vs. endangerment. The other aim is an application of modified spatiality as it aligns with speaker attitudes and practices amidst recent and ongoing socio-economic and population changes. We demonstrate that variation in self-reported attitudes and practices across languages in this region can be explained as much with adjusted spatial factors (labeled ‘social space’) as with traditional social factors (e.g. gender, age, formal education, occupation, etc.). As such, our study contributes to a discourse on the role and potential of spatiality in sociolinguistic analyses of smaller language communities.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24753
ISBN: 978­0­9973295­0­6
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 13: Documenting Variation in Endangered Languages



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