Journal article

“We talk in saltwater words”: Dimensionalisation of dialectal variation in multilingual Arnhem Land

J Vaughan

Language & Communication | Elsevier | Published : 2018

Abstract

Australian speakers of the Burarra language live and communicate within a highly multilingual and multilectal language ecology. This paper explores how regional ideologies of socio-cultural distinctiveness and unity are projected into the linguistic space at the level of the language (within Maningrida's language ecology), as well as at the level of the lect (in terms of dialects and sociolects within the Burarra language). Drawing from current ethnography, naturalistic interactional and elicited language data, and other existing materials, the paper considers how speakers reproduce and evaluate language-internal variation within a linguistically diverse region. These processes are contextua..

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