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Pluricentric Languages: New Perspectives in Theory and Description


Rudolf Muhr and Dawn Marley

This volume presents a selection of papers from the «3rd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages» that was held in 2014 at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK). The papers in section one deal with the theoretical aspects of pluricentricity and methods of description of the variations in pluricentric languages. Section two contains a number of papers about «new» pluricentric languages and «new» non-dominant varieties that have not been described before. Section three showcases pluricentric languages that are used alongside indigenous languages and section four deals with the pluricentricity of special languages.
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Attitudes of speakers of non-dominant varieties of Hungarian towards their own variety and the dominant one


Máté Huber and Timea Molnár*

(University of Szeged, Hungary),

Abstract: In this paper we investigate the attitudes that speakers of NDVs of Hungarian exhibit towards their own variety and the DV of their mother tongue, i.e. Hungary Hungarian. Attitudes of Hungarians from Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, and Serbia are analyzed based on two large-scale studies, one of which provides an answer to two questions: (1) how beautiful speakers find the given varieties, and (2) how useful they think it is to speak them. The other study sheds light on speakers’ attitudes to these varieties as shown by their evaluation of speech samples with respect to (1) solidarity traits and (2) status traits. Based on these, we determine speakers’ loyalty to their own NDVs and to the DV, as well as the status of these varieties as perceived by the speakers. Since these attitudes play an essential role in forming the status of the given (non-dominant) variety, their analysis enables us to draw conclusions about this issue as well.

The main reason for studying language attitudes is that the way people think about speakers of different languages or linguistic varieties also carries an expression of social and linguistic evaluations (Fasold, 1984). Studying language attitudes can provide insight into the current situation of a language or language variety as well as establish possible outlooks for them since language attitudes can have an influence on the success or failure of status planning,...

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