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Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture

In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós


Edited By Rudolf Muhr

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1 st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne – eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world-wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It provided substantial insights into the codification and in corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. The volume deals with 18 languages and 31 different national and other varieties in 29 countries of the world.


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John HAJEK (Melbourne, Australia): Homage to Michael Clyne: linguist, colleague and advocate. 11 I. Defining dominance and non-dominance in pluricentric languages and exploring their effects on linguistic theory 1. Rudolf MUHR (Graz, Austria): Linguistic dominance and non-dominance in pluricentric languages. A typology. 23 2. Catrin NORRBY (Stockholm, Sweden); Camilla WIDE (Turku, Finland); Jan LINDSTRÖM (Helsinki, Finland); Jenny NILSSON (Gothenburg, Sweden): Finland Swedish as a non-dominant variety of Swedish – extending the scope to pragmatic and interactional aspects. 49 3. Carla AMORÓS / Carmen FERNÁNDEZ / Natividad HERNÁNDEZ / Emilio PRIETO (Salamanca, Spain): Difficulties in defining the standard Spanish lexicon. 63 II. Non-dominance of varieties and languages in historical periods and in the context of special language 4. Nils LANGER (Bristol, UK): Finding non-dominant languages in the nineteenth century – problems and potentials from historical sociolinguistics. 83 5. Chiara MESSINA (Milano/Genoa, Italy): Researching a Language for Special Purposes within a Non-Dominant Variety: Problematic Issues and possible Ways Out. An Overview based on the Example of Austrian German. 107 III. Non-dominant varieties that successfully improved their status 6. Heinz L. KRETZENBACHER (Melbourne, Australia): The emancipation of Strine: Australian English as an established post-colonial national standard of English. 129 7. Johan DE CALUWE (Ghent, Belgium): Dutch as a bi-centric language: a lexicographic (r)evolution. 143 IV. Non-dominant varieties of languages where the status of the variety is unclear, evolving or changing 8. John HAJEK (Melbourne, Australia): (Non-)dominant varieties of a (non-) pluricentric language? Italian in Italian and Switzerland. 155 9....

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