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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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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) ‘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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