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Language and its Effects

Proceedings from the 31st International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society

Edited By Marija Brala Vukanović and Anita Memišević

The effects of language are numerous. Some are known and have been described, other effects are intuitive and are still waiting to be understood, explained and predicted, while – possibly – there might be more effects that we are still unaware of. The book brings together 16 contributions organized into two main sections: The first one relates to the issue of the effects of language in the FL classroom. The second one can, broadly speaking, be subsumed under the heading of sociolinguistics, given that it brings together a number of papers exploring the effects of language on society and/or on the individual. The answers to the questions have been provided by linguists – theoreticians and practitioners - from multiple perspectives. Thus, the conclusions and invitations for further research put forth in the papers collected in this book, should be of use to anyone with an interest in the effects of language, from cognitive scientists to FL teachers.

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The analysis of the social network from the quantitative sociolinguistic research of the local vernacular of Crikvenica (Martina Bašić)

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Martina Bašić

The Linguistic Research Institute, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts mkovacev@hazu.hr

The analysis of the social network from the quantitative sociolinguistic research of the local vernacular of Crikvenica

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to reveal early adopters, “savers” of old Čakavian forms and leaders and spreaders of language innovations in the social network from the quantitative sociolinguistic research of the local vernacular of Crikvenica. The results show that leaders and spreaders of language innovations are the oldest members of the social network that tend to restore older, archaic variants of linguistic elements in the system.1 The early adopters of that archaic variants are the centralized members of the researched social network that can provide a new linguistic model for other non-innovative members of the group. The “guardians” of the vernacular of Crikvenica belong to the most close-knit social group in Crikvenica, the fishermen. The correlation of solidarity attitude and loyalty to the non-standard norms has been confirmed, but the correlation of status attitude and lower integration in the social network has not been confirmed.

Keywords: sociolinguistics, social network, local vernacular of Crikvenica, preservation of Čakavian forms ← 153 | 154 →

1 Introduction

One approach to sociolinguistic data collection is based on the concept of social network. A social network describes a structure that every human (as a social being) naturally belongs to or creates. Social networks in sociolinguistics explain linguistic variation...

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