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

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dc.contributor.author Hildebrandt, Kristine A.
dc.contributor.author Hu, Shunfu
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-19T21:20:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-19T21:20:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-01
dc.identifier.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
dc.identifier.isbn 978­0­9973295­0­6
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24753
dc.description.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.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.relation.ispartofseries LD&C Special Publication
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
dc.title Areal analysis of language attitudes and practices: A case study from Nepal
prism.startingpage 152
prism.endingpage 179
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 13: Documenting Variation in Endangered Languages


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