Chapter published in:Language Variation - European Perspectives VII: Selected papers from the Ninth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 9), Malaga, June 2017
Edited by Juan-Andrés Villena-Ponsoda, Francisco Díaz Montesinos, Antonio-Manuel Ávila-Muñoz and Matilde Vida-Castro
[Studies in Language Variation 22] 2019
► pp. 146–157
Tracking change in social meaning
The indexicality of “damped” /i/ in rural Sweden
In this study, we focus on the different connotations of [ɨ] (a variant of the phoneme /i/) in Sweden in order to discuss the possible processes behind the changes in social meaning for a linguistic form. We investigate two rural areas (Skärhamn and Edsbyn), where the feature has been part of the traditional dialect, indexing place. In order to investigate how the social meaning of this variant has changed over time we have approached the phenomenon from different angles. Apart from investigating the change in use between the mid–20th century and present time, we have analysed informants’ production, attitudes and specifically perception of [ɨ] today. In Skärhamn [ɨ] still indexes place. In Edsbyn, the social meaning of this variant is more complex.
Keywords: indexicality, dialect change, Implicit Association Test, production, perception, interviews, rural areas, Sweden, Swedish dialects
Published online: 12 December 2019
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