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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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Chiara MESSINA: Researching a Language for Special Purposes within a Non-Dominant Variety: An Overview based on the Example of Austrian German


In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Pic- ture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 107-128. Chiara MESSINA (Università degli Studi di Milano/Genova, Italy) Researching a Language for Special Purposes within a Non-Dominant Variety: An Overview based on the Example of Austrian German Abstract Up to now, talking about pluricentricity of the German language has mostly implied talking about general language. However, investigations into general language do not exhaust the wide field of research about non-dominant varieties (NDV). Not only are LSP the tools used by ex- perts in their everyday communication, but due to their denotative function LSP also tell us a lot about the country or system they are used in and the people who use them. As a consequence, LSP represent a very promising research topic as far as NDV are concerned. This paper deals with the Austrian Standard Variety of German and presents an introduc- tory study of the Austrian Language of Economy. Our aim is to illustrate the main issues that have to be considered when carrying out research on LSP within a NDV and to propose adequate methods to deal with these issues. 1. Introduction – The Austrian Standard Variety When thinking about Austrian German, most German speakers think of a few names of food specialities uttered with a nasal pronunciation. Of course, this is a raw simplification. Talking about Austrian German implies talking about lin- guistic features at all...

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