Webbinarium i Zoom.

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Abstract

Until now, sociolinguistic investigations of Gothenburg Swedish have been scarce. In this presentation I will provide some of the first steps in a quantitative investigation of language variation and change in the city. Results suggest that sociolinguistic variation in vowel production ought to be studied using a bottom-up approach, investigating on the one hand coherence between vowels in a linguistic system and on the other hand the intersection of a range of social categories, rather than relationships between one category and one variable at a time.
 
The acoustic data is drawn from two corpora with young adolescents living in Gothenburg (and Stockholm): the SUF corpus, which consists of recordings of 222 informants; and the SSG corpus, which consists of recordings of 111 informants in two activities: an interview and a map-task. Acoustic and statistical analyses were carried out on parts of both corpora.
 
Two general conclusions can be drawn from the results. The first is that to understand and describe sociolinguistic variation, proper attention needs to be given to how social categories intersect in a specific context before a study of the meaning attached to variation can be carried out. The second pertains to the ontological status of sociolinguistic variables. Some variables are undergoing widespread change; others are more locally bound. The adolescents in multilingual segregated suburbs can be seen to lead widespread changes while not participating in changes associated with the local dialect. These findings indicate that general language contact models need to be used in tandem with theoretical conflict models of change, i.e., models accounting for the polarization between social groups, as the linguistic pattern among adolescents in the suburbs indicates an orientation away from local dialectal norms.

Bio

Johan Gross is a senior lecturer in Swedish as a second language at University West in Trollhättan, Sweden. He has primarily carried out sociophonetic studies focusing on language variation and change in Gothenburg and Stockholm and in particular how language and dialect contact interact in multilingual neighborhoods in the two cities. Other areas where he conducts research include language ideologies, peer review and writing, and, from a sociolinguistic perspective, how language norms and ideologies affect people with dyslexia.