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Applied Linguistics Today: Research and Perspectives - Angewandte Linguistik heute: Forschung und Perspektiven

Proceedings from the CALS conference 2011 - Beiträge von der KGAL-Konferenz 2011

Edited By Leonard Pon, Vladimir Karabalic and Sanja Cimer

The volume contains 15 papers by linguists from seven different European countries. The papers offer insights into the research results of a number of recent studies conducted in the field of applied linguistics covering topics such as specialized communication, foreign language teaching, terminology problems and the like.
Dieser Band enthält 15 Beiträge von 24 Sprachwissenschaftlern aus sieben europäischen Ländern. In den Beiträgen werden die neueren Forschungsergebnisse auf dem Gebiet der Angewandten Linguistik veröffentlicht, in denen es unter anderem um die Themen Fachkommunikation, Fremdsprachenlernen und Terminologiefragen geht.


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Alexander D. Hoyt: Building a Historical Corpus of Croatian Correspondence


Preliminary report Building a Historical Corpus of Croatian Correspondence Alexander D. Hoyt Abstract: My project is an attempt to learn about linguistic change and variation in a linguistic commu- nity (Croatian speakers at the turn of the twentieth century) whose written language was un- dergoing the process of standardization. I am compiling a corpus of personal correspondence, consisting of four types of written messages (traditional letters, postcards, calling cards, and telegrams) written at 10-year intervals between 1875 and 1925, from the personal collection of Istrian politician Vjekoslav Spinčić (1848-1933), kept in the Croatian State Archives. The collection contains some letters written by Spinčić himself, although the vast majority con- sists of letters sent to him by other people from all levels of society. Most historical corpus projects of this type have focused on English and other Northern European languages with longer traditions of literacy. This is the first such study on Croatian, as well as one of the first historical studies of the Croatian language based upon natural language use rather than, say, the language of literature. Not only will this research be a contribution to the study of lan- guage change and variation, but the content of the letters themselves will be of interest to re- searchers in other fields of study, such as history or ethnology. Key words: personal correspondence; historical corpus; standardization period; language change and variation. 1. Introduction Although many different works describe the history of the Croatian language, most of them cover the...

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