Stilisierungen, Identitäten, mediale Ressourcen
Edited By Helga Kotthoff and Christine Mertzlufft
Youth Language in the Netherlands A Focus on Geographical Diversity
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Youth language in the Netherlands; a focus on geographical diversity
The description and the analysis of spontaneous speech of adolescents in Noord-Brabant, a province in the south of the Netherlands, urges us to consider not only the various social, cultural and ethnic categories and their languages in a population of teenagers, but also the marking of local identities. Whereas globalization and urbanization have strongly influenced society in this peripheral area of the Netherlands, local culture and language still turn out to be of importance to young and new inhabitants of Noord-Brabant. This paper addresses the intertwining of local values and global values in youth language variation. In research of youth language the focus is often on the emergence of multiethnolect or comparable phenomena that follow from globalisation. Since globalisation always takes place in a certain locality, reproducing local values, as a process it is created and permeated by that locality (Robertson 1995). Therefore we also take into perspective the local aspects of language variation. We focus in other words on new language varieties in the continuum between dialect and standard language in globalizing society, so that this paper can be qualified as a mix of geo- and sociolinguistic and ethno- and sociocultural microvariation research.
The language situation for dialects and Standard language in Europe used to be one of diglossia, the use of two closely related language varieties in one language community....
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