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Attitudes Toward Urban Varieties of the Croatian Language


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Kišiček, Gabrijela. (2012). Attitudes Toward Urban Varieties of the Croatian Language. Govor : časopis za fonetiku, 29(2). pp. 149-167. ISSN 0352-7565

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The main interest of sociolinguistic and sociophonetic research is to examine attitudes toward different speech varieties and to determine the connection between phonological and phonetic features, on the one hand, and the prestige and social attractiveness of speech, on the other. The main goal of this research was to examine attitudes toward different urban varieties of the Croatian language and to discover wheather those attitudes have changed over time. This research included 11 largest Croatian cities, widely considered to be urban centers of all Croatian dialects. The results showed that speakers assessed as regionally neutral were also regarded as most educated, having high social status and intellectual profession. The city assessed as the most socially attractive and prestigious was Zagreb. Dubrovnik speakers were assessed as the most regionally marked and their speech being inappropriate for public use. However, the most important connection discovered in the research was between the level of education and regional markedness of speech. Speakers with high education from almost all examined cities were assessed as regionally neutral and their speech was percieved as the most prestigious and most appropriate for public use.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sociolinguistics, speech varieties, attitudes, regional markedness of speech
Subjects: Phonetics
Departments: Department of Phonetics
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 11:07
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 11:07

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