Show Less

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.


Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Esther Nuñez Villanueva: The role of the media in standardising a regional variety: the case of Canal Sur and Sevillian Spanish in the pluricentric debate


In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 301-314. Esther Nuñez Villanueva The University of Manchester / U.N.E.D. (UK) The role of the media in standardising a regional variety: the case of Canal Sur and Sevillian Spanish in the pluricentric debate Abstract Thompson (1992) has identified two linguistic centres in mainland Spain: Madrid and Seville. It is claimed that Sevillian Spanish constitutes a “spoken norm” which irradiates to other areas in the south of Spain. We investigate whether we can find any evidence to further support Thompson’s hypothesis. Since Sevillian Spanish is a spoken variety of Spanish, we have looked at its presence in the regional spoken media. We consider that the media can function as a standardising agency, promoting or rejecting certain language uses and helping to raise the status of non-dominant varieties. What language uses are promoted in Andalusia’s own regional TV channel, Canal Sur? To be able to report more precise data, the behaviour of two specific phonemes have been monitored. We have found a great discrepancy between the written style guide of Canal Sur and the actual output of broadcasters. 1. Introduction Thompson (1992), in the chapter devoted to Spanish in Clyne’s seminal volume, reaches the conclusion that, linguistically speaking, Spain is a bi-centric nation. This author believes that there are two spoken norms in Peninsular Spain1 and two centres for these norms: Madrid, which irradiates...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.