In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós
Simone ASHBY: Co-producers of this means of expression’: Evidence from Mozambique in support of the study of indigenizing languages
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. 415-434. Simone ASHBY (Instituto de Linguística Teórica e Computacional, Portugal) firstname.lastname@example.org ‘Co-producers of this means of expression’: Evidence from Mozambique in support of the study of indigenizing languages1 Abstract Unlike other variationist studies and explorations of contact-induced language change, the study of indigenizing language varieties lacks suf- ficient attention, often relegated to second language acquisition studies, with a focus on variant forms as a typology of errors to be corrected, or wholly disregarded as undesirable byproducts of colonialism. As a result, studies of indigenizing language varieties continue to make due with borrowed nomenclatures and practices, while detailed descriptions of these varieties are often missing or incomplete, and opportunities for documenting synchronic change and the monitoring of long-term con- tact situations are being irrevocably lost. The present article aims to ad- dress this shortcoming and build a case in support of the study of indi- genizing language varieties by describing the language situation in Mo- zambique, and discussing some preliminary findings concerning the phonetic features of three Mozambican Portuguese (MP) varieties. Evi- dence will be presented that shows native and near-native MP speakers as “co-producers” of the Portuguese language (Couto 1986). 1. Introduction Variationist studies and explorations of contact-induced language change are among some of the more important linguistic sub-disciplines to emerge out of the second half of the 20th century. Such...
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