Phonetic Variation and Language Attitudes in Northern Catalonia

  • James Hawkey


Hawkey undertakes a variationist study of vocalic and consonantal variables in the Catalan speech of residents of Northern Catalonia. In addition to traditional macrosociological categories (such as sex, age, and place of residence), Hawkey uses participant language attitudes as potential predictors of phonetic variation. For three of the four variables, attitudes are shown to reliably predict the usage of a particular variant. In each of these cases, if a participant rates Catalan highly as a language of status, s/he is more likely to employ supralocal variants (i.e. those akin to the speech of Barcelona). However, if Catalan is rated highly as a language of solidarity, the participant shows a tendency to employ local variants.


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  • James Hawkey
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  1. 1.School of Modern LanguagesUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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