In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós
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) email@example.com 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...
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